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Better After Fifty

While working on the second edition of Survive, the different types of commitments that are part of most of our lives became keenly apparent to me. Throughout the years, most of us have been committed to our mates, our families, our friends and our work colleagues. But do we ever take time to think about one of the most necessary commitments each of us should make?


Make a commitment to yourself

The role of a personal commitment rang loud and clear to me as I continued to talk with retirees about strengthening relationships after retirement. More than likely, you have been committed to caring for someone in your life, but have you regularly committed to yourself? I’m not suggesting a “me first” attitude. Instead, I’m proposing a commitment where you make the decision to care for, and act on, your needs and priorities as well as those of others in your life.




Reasons to care for yourself you may not have thought about:

  • If you don’t take care of yourself physically, someone else may have to do that for you.
  • If you don’t take time to consider what makes you happy, how will you experience gratitude?
  • If you don’t experience gratitude, where will you find joy or contentment?
  • If you don’t find joy and contentment, how will you cultivate a happy relationship with your mate?
  • If you don’t have a happy relationship with your mate, retirement can be difficult.

There is no doubt that retirement can be full of surprises; some are wonderful and others are disturbing. However by making a commitment to seek joy in life, it often becomes easier to deal with the troubling or disastrous events that could otherwise destroy you.

Time to give to yourself 

Each of us is responsible for our own happiness. What commitments do you make to yourself  for your happiness? Please share your thoughts below and inspire others to find ways to move a wish, a hope or an idea into a successful goal.

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