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New Study Shows Keys to Happiness for Retired Men


A survey 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.

The survey 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.

Retirement 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
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