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Old 02-15-2016, 06:18 AM   #1
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Hi, I am Andy

I am 55 and economy willing hope to retire this year. This post is really just to say Hi - no questions right now, I decided to be a participant instead of a lurker.

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Old 02-15-2016, 06:32 AM   #2
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Hello, Andy. Welcome!

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Old 02-15-2016, 06:50 AM   #3
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:58 AM   #4
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Welcome. As you prepare to retire, it's good to keep this in mind:

Happy aging needs realism, action, and fun | Brookings Institution

From the post:

But does working longer actually make people happy? Empirical evidence increasingly suggests that early retirement may, actually, be bad for one’s health, intellect, and life expectancy [other research has shown no correlation].

The research on happy aging identifies four key areas for individual action

Have a purpose in life that is on your mind when you rise and get ready for the day. E.g., a paid or unpaid job, a hobby, or another occupation that makes life worthwhile;

Exercise—it helps one to stay healthy, reduces stress, and is a natural fountain of lifelong youth. A healthy lifestyle strengthens the outcome;

Stay socially embedded through family, friends, or other forms of social interaction, as these established psychological mirrors are critical for individual wellbeing;

Take care of the “birds and bees,” a major part of one’s humanity throughout life.
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Welcome Andy2
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:43 PM   #7
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:54 PM   #8
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Welcome Andy. We have something in common. I too am going to be 55 in a few months and will retire that week.

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