Retirement Happiness — Shed Emotional Weight

A few days ago I overheard two people at the gym discussing the idea that emotional weight was more difficult to shed than physical weight. I was intrigued by this conversation.  Early in my career I worked as a marriage and family therapist.  Sometimes I felt the weight of the feelings in the therapy room. […]

Why is Food a Hot Topic?

Twenty or thirty years ago, who would have guessed that food would become a hot topic, perhaps even an obsession? It’s difficult to pick up a magazine, have a conversation, or open a computer/tablet without finding a reference to food. Pictures of food dominate many social media sites, specialty television channels feature cooking programs, websites […]

Retirement Happiness — Trying New Things

Trying new things changes your perspective. What you did previously, how you did it, and how it made you feel, change. My perspective on walking changed today as I experimented with walking poles. My husband felt that I would build more endurance and upper body strength if I challenged myself to walk differently. Hence, one […]

Finding Happiness When Life Isn’t Perfect

If you have perfectionist tendencies, like I do, sometimes it’s difficult to find happiness when life isn’t perfect. I am slightly neurotic with high standards for myself and for others around me. I know and accept that there are highs and lows in life yet I often have  unattainable expectations. It’s related to being a […]

Handling Loneliness

Have you learned how to handle loneliness? Most of us, no matter how socially active, fight bouts of loneliness. Feeling lonely is not shameful nor is it a sign of failure.  It is a normal feeling that happens to everyone. The presence of other people doesn’t insulate you from loneliness. Even when you are in […]

Do Pets Increase Retirement Happiness?

Studies show that pets increase retirement happiness, particularly among older people. The companionship of a beloved dog or cat boosts happiness, improves general well-being, and enhances life satisfaction.   Pets reduce overall stress levels. If you come home to an empty house, pets will offer a greeting. Owners with pets have improved physical and mental health […]

Happiness in Retirement — Why Exercise increases happiness

One of the easiest ways to increase happiness in retirement is to start exercising and to do some form of exercise every day. Many postworksavvy readers already make regular exercise part of their daily  retirement regime. They started exercising for weight loss, improved general health or greater body flexibility.  Their doctors urged them to undertake a moderate […]

Why aging does not have to be a losing battle

Everybody wants the benefits of good health in retirement.  Aging is not a losing battle.  Senility, grouchiness, poor memory, body aches and pains don’t necessarily go with aging. Taking care of your health requires a few good habits that are neither costly nor onerous.  Most of these habits become enjoyable as they become part of […]

What? Stress in Retirement?

As I was preparing to retire, I believed that leaving the world of work and its associated career demands meant that I would leave stress behind.  Not so.  Postworksavvy has discovered that retirement brings its own sources of stress. Retirement life decisions demand managerial skills similar to those used at work.  Setting priorities, controlling finances, […]

Why Laughter Keeps You Young …and Healthy too

It’s no longer a secret that laughter keeps you young.  Researchers studying the process of aging know that laughter improves blood circulation — to the head and to the heart.  Laughing is good for you. A good belly laugh every day improves mood, improves physical health and improves emotional health.  Best of all, it’s free […]