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5 HABITS FOR LIVING A HAPPIER,

LONGER LIFE IN RETIREMENT

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"HONORABLE UN-EMPLOYMENT"

By COACHLYON - THE Pre-Retirement Coach

As you may, or may not, know there are some startling statistics about how long people live after they retire from life-long careers. The national average for men in the U.S. is only 4 years from retirement to the grave! In California, up to 30% of government employees leave us after only 18 months; and in a study of the aerospace industry, including Boeing and Lockheed, the figure with older workers is only 13 months!!! Why do these people who have been productive citizens for 20-30 years die off so quickly? The main causes for these premature deaths are physical, mental, and emotional losses that occur with that honorable and often well-funded form of UN-EMPLOYMENT we know as Retirement!

Many sources recommend the remedies below, yet a simple review is often “Just what the Doctor ordered...“ I call them “Habits” because; once you make these things daily activities, they will be easier to do, you’ll even miss them if you don’t do them, and your chances for a higher quality of life and prolonged lifespan will be vastly improved. (Note: If you do something for 32 days in a row, without missing a day, you can ‘install’ it as a habit. If you miss a day, start over at Day 1. Try it!)

  1. REGULAR PHYSICAL EXERCISE – Anything from a walk around the block to an ‘iron-man workout’, and anything in between. The important thing here is to get your body up and moving, and your blood circulating. Also, the more you enjoy your chosen exercise, the easier and more attractive it will be to you. Every day is best, however every other day will do!
  2. DO SOMETHING THAT BRINGS A SMILE TO YOUR FACE – EVERY DAY! Walk your dog; play with the grandkids; do some gardening; cook something; tell a joke – whatever gives you a “warm fuzzy”, or a big grin. It is said that “A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of problems.”
  3. SOCIALIZE – TALK TO SOMEONE – IN PERSON, OR ON THE PHONE.   We’re very social creatures – we need to interact with others to stay happy and healthy. Meet with a friend for ‘coffee’; go to a social event; go to your service club meeting; strike up a conversation in the supermarket! Or even just give someone a call, and chat.
  4. EXERCISE YOUR MIND – EVERY DAY – READ, WRITE, RESEARCH.   Pick up a book, newspaper, or magazine – or go on-line and check out something interesting and new. Basically, “turn on your mind” for a while every day. This will keep you sharp and helps fend off boredom, apathy, and sloth -- and can even keep you away from daytime TV which usually engages your senses – but NOT YOUR MIND!
  5. LIST 3 OR MORE THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR IN YOUR LIFE – DAILY! - This will get you in touch with how fortunate you are to be living today in the USA! – with the family, friends, and the many things that you are blessed with! An Attitude of Gratitude creates an invitation for more blessings in your life. THANK YOU!

Richard A. Lyon, CEC, aka COACHLYON - THE Pre-Retirement Coach, is a “Baby Boomer”, and works mainly with his fellow “Boomers”. As a practicing Life Coach here in Sacramento for over 2 years, besides Pre-retirement planning, he has worked with clients on various challenges including writing and publishing a book, successful internet dating, career changes, and enhancing spiritual awareness.

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