Retirement Happiness — Learn from what’s not working

When we want to learn about what works in life, taking a look at what’s not working offers many lessons. When you try something and it doesn’t work, you learn from the experience. Sometimes, it’s smart to leave a frustrating endeavour and try something else rather than discouraging yourself in a hopeless project. If the […]

Increasing Happiness by Changing your Happiness Baseline

I’ve learned that we’re all born with a happiness baseline that can be improved from choices made every day. Happiness comes from within; increasing the natural happiness baseline comes from smart choices. Positive psychology studies refer to a ‘hedonic set point’ or general level of happiness that may go up or down during certain periods […]

Retirement Happiness — Make Time for Self-Care

Sometimes the daily schedule is filled with so many activities that it’s difficult to make time for self-care.  When this happens, I’m stressed.  How did a day of retirement pass without enough time for some exercise, for a few moments of gratitude, for journal writing, or for a hobby project? I had an excuse when […]

Can a positive attitude help you face winter?

It’s mid-January.  Earlier this week ‘blue’ Monday occurred.  This third Monday of January is deemed the most depressing day of the year.  Whether it’s blue Monday, January doldrums, or winter blahs, at this time of year it’s difficult to stay motivated and energized. For many who live in the Northern Hemisphere, the holiday cheer faded […]

How Colour Affects Happiness

In recent weeks two of my favorite happiness gurus, Gretchen Rubin Margaret Manning been discussing colour and its effect on happiness. Their comments prompted a new recognition of the importance of colour in my life. I am a visual learner and heavily dependent on pictures, mind maps, graphs and other visual cues as […]

Prepare for A Happy New Year

In a few days, we will turn the page on 2017 and prepare for the ‘Happy New Year’ that is wished for us in almost every encounter. There is something special about a new year.  The past is gone. A clean slate opens. It’s a time to anticipate fresh opportunities. A ‘Happy New Year’ won’t […]

Last Chance to Create the Life you Love

Last week, as I chatted with one of my beach friends, she commented that retirement represents a last chance to create a life you love. She talked about her retirement journey and expressed longing for the day when her husband finally retires. She spoke of plans for relocating to a warmer climate to enjoy beach […]

The Stress of Buying a new TV

A couple of days ago we decided to break the daily routine of cottage life and drive to a nearby town to buy a new television set for the cottage living room. We had discussed replacing the tiny ten-year-old flat screen model when we did our annual budget for cottage repairs and replacements.  This was […]

Retirement Happiness — Designing my Summer

Hurray — summer has arrived! This is the time to delight in every moment, take advantage of the long days, break out the beach umbrellas, serve flavoured ciders on ice, and barbecue every day. Because it’s so easy to let this precious season pass without paying attention, I’m taking the advice of Gretchen Rubin, my […]