New Study Shows Keys to Happiness for Retired Men
of 265 men has shown that satisfaction in retirement was directly related
to the longevity and happiness of the men’s marriages, meaningful relationships
with friends and other family members and having enjoyable hobbies and activities
to engage in. The men in the survey had been socially disadvantaged in their
younger years. They had had poor work histories, suffered from stressful events
and some were in poor health in their youth.
indicates that retirement can actually give people a fresh perspective on
life, and that it’s especially important to cultivate satisfying relationships
with your spouse, your grandchildren and other friends. Additionally, the
men in the survey who had the highest level of satisfaction in their retirement
were least likely to respond that watching television was one of their hobbies.
They were more likely to list playing with grandchildren, volunteering or
playing a musical instrument as activities that gave them enjoyment.
lasts an average of 15 years for most people, so it’s important to pay attention
to the things that will give you the greatest happiness in those years.
The American Journal of Psychiatry, April 2006