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Important conversations contribute to happiness in retirement.

 

Although typically a cheerleader for meaning, joy and happiness in retirement years, I’m compelled to share information on another topic. The  article, Having the Conversation reveals a couple’s agreement to forego extraordinary health care measures in a terminal illness

Relationship of meaning, joy and happiness in retirement

This article provides insight on how, even the hardest topics can prompt meaning, joy and happiness in a retirement partnership. Susan and Bruce had to decide on continuing his chemotherapy and its trappings or forgo further treatment. Having discussed this concern numerous times, they agreed this was the path they would take when the time came. A decision like this is never easy, but in reality, it brought more peace and love to their relationship. 

According to Susan, “ it was strangely calming to have a more certain future and be in a position to better plan. The path became so clear, the priorities were lit in neon. How Bruce wanted to live and to die was his choice, and my role was to make it happen.” Susan also saw that helping to ease Bruce’s transition made it easier for her and their children as well. It allowed them to focus on this time in life together and how they would and could support one another.

Happiness in Retirement

Why do I consider this a worthwhile discussion in a blog that focuses on creating joy? Retirement is a new life stage that most of us realize will come to an end someday. Preparing for all the realities of retirement enables us to stop worrying about the future and enjoy each day together. For most couples, enjoying one another every day is the best way of creating joy together. 

Please share your thoughts. The more we discuss such topics, the better we understand our feelings and concerns. Thank you!

On the other end of the retirement spectrum, you might enjoy listening to this podcast.

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