How do you assess your life’s work in retirement?

As we grow older, it’s common to assess your life’s work.  In the past six weeks as I’ve recovered from the flu and another bout of pneumonia, there’s been too much time for staring at the bedroom ceiling and thinking.  I’ve assessed my life’s work since retirement six years ago.  I’ve also been thinking about plans […]

Happiness in Retirement — Summer After Labour Day

Summer after Labour Day offers at least three weeks of the season without all the pressure of barbecues, parties, festivals, and sun tanning on the beach. As I walked the beach this week, it felt like I could re-claim it. Most of the tourists and summer people are gone.  The beach is empty. I have […]

Happiness in Retirement — The Power of a Smile

“Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone” quote by Stanley Gordon West I’ve always been a smiler. Smiling is a natural reaction for me. I smile at my husband.  I smile when I see my family, especially my grand-daughter.  I smile when I talk to my cats.  I smile when I’m on […]

Happiness in Retirement — Summertime, Cottage Days and Taking Stock

As the summer days gallop past I’ve been thinking about how I’m spending these precious days at the cottage. In late June, when we typically re-locate the cats and ‘move’ to the cottage, it seemed that summertime would be as endless as the horizon on Lake Huron. A change of routine excited me.  I looked […]

Happiness in Retirement — Random Acts of Kindness

Random acts of kindness happen too infrequently but when a random act of kindness happens, it always brings a smile. Wikipedia defines a random act of kindness as “a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people.” Whether it is a tangible gift — like […]

Happiness in Retirement — Fighting Ageism

Ageism, discrimination based on age and usually focused on the elderly, is destructive, patronizing and exclusionary.  It can lead to fear, discrimination, and damaged self-esteem. There is little doubt that older adults living in Western society fall victim to aspects of ageism. Researchers indicate that by age 40, many businesses consider men ‘too old’ to be hired […]