Why Do People Mistake Fun For Happiness?

Contentment is much maligned concept in today’s consumer world. It seems to have become synonymous with boredom, or stasis, or “settling”. In a hard driving, achievement oriented society everything is oriented to moving forward, to moving up. It is assumed that people who are contented don’t have aspirations because they are perfectly happy with where…

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Ten Thousand A Day

Ten thousand people a day. Think on that for a moment. There are ten thousand people retiring every day in the United States and there will be for nearly the next twenty years. To put that in perspective, it’s like the entire work force of general motors retiring every three weeks, or all of the…

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A Few Words About Medical Tourism

First, a disclaimer. This article is meant only to be a general overview of the concept of medical tourism. Nothing that follows should be considered as medical advice. It is just the result of personal study of medical tourism, nothing else. I am not qualified to give medical advice and you would be foolish to…

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Why Social Security Is Doomed

The experts say that if nothing is done to fix the system, by 2034 the Social Security Administration will have to cut benefit payments to retirees by 20-30%. That may be optimistic. The year is 2034. The year when prognosticators int the twenty-teens thought that the Social Security trust fund was going to run out…

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The Retirement IQ Quiz

Take this simple 10 question quiz and find out how well informed you are about the facts of retirement planning. What’s Your Retirement IQ? Think you are going to be ready for retirement? Find out how well you know the ins and outs of planning for your retirement. Take the quiz now. If you retired…

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Why Do People Retire At 62?

Even though there are a number of financial and emotional reasons to think that putting off retirement might be the wisest course, the average retirement age in the United States is 63. While rational reasons why a person might want to retire at an early age, perhaps health or personal assumptions about life expectancy, those…

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Unpacking – Who Are You?

We all look at the world through a prism of our own personalities, our own experiences, our own wishes and desires. We also carry with us expectations that have been instilled in us by others, both others that we know and by society at large. Tell me if you have heard this quip – “Of…

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Should You Consider Coaching?

Teaching and consulting are great options for careers as you gain more life experience. Think you don’t have what it takes? Read on to get my thoughts on the matter. “Do as I say, not as I do.” That was pretty much a parenting maxim when I was growing up. It probably still is, because…

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Start at Zero

So there you are, staring down the face of retirement, knowing full well that you aren’t ready. You don’t have enough money saved up, and there just isn’t enough time left to get any. You remember all those retirement planning sessions you went to at work where it was explained to you that if you…

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Forced Labor

Being forced to work during retirement can be a depressing thing if your retirement dream consisted of laying on the beach eating bon bons (whatever those are) during your sunset years. But by taking an actual accounting of your retirement prospects and looking at your options, you can change your internal conversation. The first thing…

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