Retirement Happiness — A Knitting Journey

A few years ago I returned to knitting. This forgotten hobby was something I taught myself during pregnancy more than 30 years ago.  To teach myself, I bought needles, yarn and a ‘how to’ book designed for children. I struggled with holding the needles and maneuvering the yarn to achieve consistent tension. With no online […]

What will you do with an extra hour?

What will you do with the extra hour this weekend?  The gift of an extra hour with the end of daylight saving time feels like hearing from a long-lost friend, finding a $20 bill in a coat pocket, or discovering an empty drawer in the cupboard. It makes for an extra long day with every […]

Shot of Happiness

What is a shot of happiness?  Other than a recipe for what seemed a very sweet drink with liqueurs and pineapple juice, I found no answers from a Google search. I found a couple of Facebook business pages, a blog with this title, but no definitions. I believe in shots of happiness.  They serve as […]

Retirement Happiness — Learning to Goof Off

For a happy retirement, some of us need to learn how to goof off. After a lifetime of measuring each day in terms of productivity are you sometimes too busy with things on the ‘to do’ list to lighten up and take some time to simply enjoy the day? During our working lives we evaluated […]

Buying a House is Like Buying a Dress

Is there a comparison between buying a house and buying a dress?  After a recent purchase of a house that we believe will better suit our changing retirement lifestyle, it’s clear that the decision factors used when buying a house have similarities to decision factors used when buying a dress! Before I frustrate readers of […]

Respect Speed Limits in Life

I’m trying to learn how to respect the speed limits in my life. Before I retired, I had a vision of a relaxed lifestyle with time for gardening, reading, playing the piano, knitting, and other hobbies. I imagined that there would be time to visit friends, time for travel, time to watch movies, time for […]

Are busy people happier in retirement?

Are busy people happier in retirement? Does keeping busy create good feelings?  Does keeping busy give purpose and meaning to every day? Most retired people are admonished to ‘take it easy’.  We are told to relax and ‘smell the roses’. Yet, for many, idleness creates boredom. If you, like me, learned to regard busyness as […]

A busy life is not a happy life

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” — Socrates  A busy life is too often seen as a badge of honour.  Everyone is constantly busy.  Schedules are overloaded. People rush from one thing to another while often accomplishing little or nothing during a day. Life is busy yet it feels empty and unproductive. My threshold […]

Too Many Commitments

Is your retirement happiness compromised by too many commitments? Is your daily/weekly schedule overloaded? Are you stressed out with too little time to smell the roses? Do you have time for goofing off  or doing nothing? Too many retired people say they are busier than ever. As a result, they find themselves overwhelmed because a […]

Personal Rituals to Stay on Track

Personal rituals help us stay on track and increase retirement happiness. One of my favourite books, From Beginning to End — The Rituals of our Lives, by Robert Fulghum explores both public and private rituals that define the patterns of our lives. I have read and re-read sections of the book during different stages of my […]