The 10 Best Things About Retiring
There Are Many Benefits to The "Golden Years"
1. A happier outlook. Seniors are significantly happier than their middle-aged counterparts, probably because life's big problems have already been solved.
2. Grandchildren. American writer and thinker Gore Vidal once joked, "Never have children, only grandchildren." Grandparents can experience the joys of children but without the worry.
3. More time for loved ones. Retirement isn't just about relaxing, it's how time is used that makes it special, like spending more time with family and friends.
4. It provides an opportunity to pursue your dreams. Victorian novelist George Elliot wrote, "it's never too late to be what you might have become." In retirement, you can pursue your own interests.
5. Participation in civics and volunteering. Seniors are often civically and politically involved. They vote at a higher rate, according to U.S. Census data, and they volunteer at a higher rate.
6. Wisdom. A Smithsonian magazine article describes studies demonstrating the emotional and intellectual benefits of aging. In their 60s, people didn't agonize over losing, and are less likely to take big risks to make up for any losses.
7. More empathy and better social skills. People in their 60s are better at imagining different points of view, thinking of multiple resolutions and suggesting compromises. But, unfortunately, they are also vulnerable to isolation.
8. Medicare, guaranteed income, and other benefits. Poverty can be a problem for seniors, but safety-net programs such as Social Security and Medicare are a big help.
9. Senior discounts. They are often available for the types of services that help seniors stay engaged and active, like entertainment, dining and transportation, according to novelist Sarah J. Stevenson.
10. A sense of accomplishment. Raising children, being married, serving in the military and retiring from a job after years of service can be the foundation for contentment.