Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Considering Retirement: Will It Make You Happy?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Considering Retirement: Will It Make You Happy?

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Dear Doctor K: I'm thinking of retiring, but I've always had a very busy and fulfilling career. How will I make the transition to retirement? Or should I continue working until I no longer can?

Dear Reader: This might seem like an unusual subject for a doctor writing a column about medical problems, but I get asked this question all the time. Indeed, the decision you make about it might well affect your future health.

I'm assuming from your question that you have no financial need to continue working and that your health allows you to do so. Even if it does, there's no doubt one's energy declines with age.

Another question to ask yourself is whether you want to stop work entirely, or just change work to make it less demanding and more part-time.

If you do choose to retire, make sure that what you fill your days with is meaningful to you and keeps you coming back for more. Don't make it too easy -- or too hard. Perhaps you will volunteer at an animal shelter, baby-sit your grandchildren, play a sport, join a rock band, tutor young students, learn a new language or assist with local elections. …

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