Retirement… Who came up with this plan?

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My sister in-law (Lorraine) and her husband (Dan) just retired quite early this year and they have been enjoying traveling (They are Loving AirBnB), visiting friends and family, waking up on their schedule, and just taking life at a little slower pace.   Dennis recently had dinner with his sister Lorraine and Dan along with Dan’s brother Chuck and his wife Shannon at Duke’s Chowder house on the banks of South Lake Union in Seattle prior to their departure for Alaska.   The conversation worked its way to retirement and the various responses they have gotten from friends and family.   Some folks can’t dream of stopping work, others can’t wait to stop and retire, and others are looking forward to pursuing a second career based on their passions.

All this got me thinking about the concept of retirement, where did the idea come from?  When did it take root? Why do some people live for the idea and others scuff at it?   What did I find?

Turns out that Retirement is a pretty new concept.  It didn’t exist prior to the twentieth century anywhere on our planet except Germany and did not exist before the 19th century there.   Yup we have the Germans to thank for the idea!  In 1889, Otto von Bismarck, chancellor of Germany, in an effort to free up jobs for young people came up with the concept of paying people sixty-five years and older to do nothing until they died.  However, back in those days, the average life span was sixty-seven years old.

Regardless of your approach to retirement, retirement should not be reviewed as an end but actually the beginning of a new life, a new you. As such, it is nothing that should be dreaded or something that should cause you unnecessary stress. Instead it should make you happy and can bring you a new sense of joy, if only you let it. With that in mind, here are ten ways that you can find fulfilment in retirement.

1. Be Open and Curious – Change your attitude and you’ll change your life. Retirement is simply a new phase of your life one that you can succeed and enjoy if you’re open and receptive to doing so. It is a time to pursue your dreams, aspirations and make your dreams come true.

2. Exercise the Mind and Body – Your brain needs exercise or it will atrophy. A busy mind is a happy mind. By staying physically and mentally active, you will lift your spirits, stay mentally alert, and will surely be happier.

3.Take Time to Laugh – Don’t take yourself so seriously. By having fun and not taking life too seriously, you can lift your mood and make yourself and others happy.

4. Don’t be an Island – Share your burdens with those who love and care about you. This isn’t to say that you should be a worry wart but by revealing your innermost thoughts and feelings, you can positively affect your mental state.

5. Pursue Activities – Figure out the things that you enjoy doing and do more of them. For instance, if you enjoy helping others, volunteer more, take that art class, learn to play guitar, write that novel.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

6. Become a Life Long Learner – An educated mind is a happy mind. By expanding your knowledge, you exercise your mind, become more interesting, and will find yourself becoming happier.

7. Spend quality time with Friends and Family – Now that you’re retired, you have even more time to spend with those you love. Plan lunch dates or throw a party for family and friends so that you can spend quality time with the people that mean the most to you.

8. Remember the Little Things Matter – It is well document that when you do something nice for someone you’ll feel good about yourself. Take some time to write someone a note telling them how much they mean to you. Spend time with a friend or ailing relative or engage in some type of volunteer activity. Small things make a big difference.

9. Follow your Dreams – Consider chasing those dreams you had on hold on while you were busy making a living. You are never too old to start!

10. Keep Growing – Do not stagnate just because you have retired. This is the fastest way to physical and mental declines. Maintain a youthful attitude. Take up some hobby and remain active, mentally and physically.