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The typical dictionary defines retirement as “withdrawal from active engagement in one’s occupation or profession.” Indeed, the concept of retirement is much more. Retirement is a new stage in an individual's life and not merely an event. That is why many individuals want to retire much earlier than 65. Some people, in fact, embrace the notion of retiring in their 20s or 30s.

"Can I retire happy?", you may be asking yourself? The most important retirement advice: Don't consider retiring from the corporate world until you have irritated enough people to make it worthwhile.

Having said that, statistics do indicate that you are going to die. Retiring early is the perfect time to become the individual you have always wanted to be and to indulge in all the leisure activities that you have always wanted to do.

You can retire happy whether you retire at 30 or whether you retire at 60 and regardless of whether you collect Social Security and regardless of the new retirement age that governments are trying to impose. With proper preparation, you can bid farewell to the corporate word and enjoy life like you have never done before.

This won’t happen by itself, however. This is just as true even if you have excellent health and a big pile of money in the bank the day that you are retiring.

This is where How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free also comes into the picture. For the most part, this book offers retirement wisdom that you won’t receive from your financial advisor. Contrary to popular wisdom, many elements - not just having a million or two in the bank - contribute to happiness and satisfaction for today’s retirees. Indeed, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support play bigger roles than financial status for most retirees.


  • to Retire Happy
    Be Happy to Retire Because You Are A Long Time Dead! This article is excerpted from The World's Best Retirement Book (How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free) by Ernie Zelinski, who is also creator of The Retirement Quotes Café. It is about how retirees can experience a fulfilling and happy retirement.
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    Top-Ten Reasons to Retire Early on The Retirement Quotes Cafe: Also Top-10 Retirement Quotes Relating to Top-Ten Reasons Why You Should Retire Early
  • Quotes about Happiness in Retirement
    Quotes about Happiness in Retirement and in Life in General on The Retirement Quotes Cafe:
  • Health Tips for Retirement
    Health Tips for the Retired and Semi-Retired on The Retirement Quotes Cafe: A Comprehensive Collection of Quotes and Sayings about Health and Wellness
  • Time Management for Retirees
    Time Management Tips for the Retired and Semi-Retired on The Retirement Quotes Cafe: How to manage leisure time for those retirees who want to retire happy and age well.
  • Travel in Retirement
    Travel Tips for Your Retirement Years on The Retirement Quotes Cafe: (Tips on Travel and Vacations for the Retired and Semi-Retired who want to retire early and to retire happy)
  • Where to Retire
    Tips on Where to Retire and The Best Places to Retire on The Retirement Quotes Cafe:

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Quotes about Retiring Happy

If my dreams could all come true paradise/retiring happy would be  in a little bungalow  somewhere by the sea.
 Unknown Retiring Person Contemplating Where to Retire

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.
— Samuel Johnson

Before retiring early from your job, stay home a week and watch daytime television.
 Author Unknown

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if you look forward to a retirement with 'zing!' ”
Nancy Paradis, St. Petersburg Times, Florida

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Gentle awakenings are now a luxury I enjoy in retirement.
No bounding out of bed, no pressing the snooze button for
the much needed extra ten minutes.
— A. Major

Just a few weeks ago, and spring; my husband and I decided to do a
four-day getaway to New York State. Without telling anyone in the
immediate family, we drove in the darkness of night and arrived at
an hour when people were still sleeping or contemplating getting up.
The excitement and exhilaration of the road trip was reminiscent of the movie "Thelma and Louise", their drive to supposed freedom from every day life and its problems.
— A. Major

Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.
— Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort

There are seven things you can do with your leisure time [in retiring years]: You can work and you can play and you can sleep. You can improve your mind or you can improve your health. You can work in civic activities or educational activities, or you can work in some spiritual area for the church. As far as I know, there's nothing else you can do.
— Retiree Hammond Stith, who started his retiring years at 61

You were given three special gifts when you were born:
• The gift of life;
• The gift of love ;
• And the gift of laughter .
Learn to share these gifts with the rest of the world.
And the rest of the world will play happily with you.
— from the book Life's Secret Handbook by Ernie J. Zelinski


If you don't keep busy, it's [retiring] all over. I found out that from people much older than me. "Keep moving," they say, and that's what I'm doing. When I get up in the morning with aches and pains, I don't let it control me. When you sit down and don't do anything, you are going to disintegrate. Well, you're going to disintegrate anyway, but you'll do it quicker.
— Retiree Adelaide Bentley

I'm having too much fun! It keeps you young. (when asked if he would consider retiring)
— George H. Ross

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"What a wonderful title: The Joy of Not Working.
Ernie Zelinski's basic message, no matter your career
stage, is get a well-balanced life and quit relying
on your job to define who you are.
It's hard to quibble with Zelinski's live-life-to-the-fullest
message. Those who have drafted a resignation letter
in their heads a thousand times may be motivated
to finally quit an unfilling job."
 Michelle Archer, USA TODAY 

If you have debt and you are going into retirement, I don't think you are ready for retirement.
— Gary Gilgen, certified financial advisor & dir. of the financial planning department at Rehmann Financial in Troy, Mich

The longer you work, the more money you'll have for retirement. But the longer you work, the less time you'll have to enjoy that retirement.
Wall Street Journal


Advantage of retiring at 65; Most of the people that I owe apologies to are all dead.
Disadvantages; I now have to read the newspapers on my own time.
— Mattie Lennon

The sports car and sailboat are investments for my retirement. I'm using them to attract a woman who will support me in my old age.
— Glasbergen talking to financial consultant in cartoon

Not so long ago I recieved this letter from a reader of one of my retirement books [How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free]:

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Hello Mr. Zelinski,
I felt inspired the other day and created a quotable quote and thought I would share it with you. Here it is:
"If we wait until retirement to enjoy ourselves, there may not be enough of ourselves to enjoy it."
I try to treat each evening and weekend as little slices of retirement because no one is guaranteed a lengthy one at the end of their career.
Have a nice day!
Mike Hammar




Retiring is easy. Staying retired happy  now that is the key to a successful retirement! 

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  • What should you say to your working spouse — and perhaps your parents — if you are retiring before them? 
  • What will you do with your new found time if you have never learned how to enjoy your leisure? 
  • How will you relate to your relatives and friends who are still working while you are living the life of Riley or the life of an aristocrat? 

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How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free  . . . gives you retiring advice including:

  • How to choose satisfying and challenging leisure activities so that you don't require a million dollars to retire happily

  • Fun and practical retirement exercises to help awaken you to what leisure activities will turn you on in your retirement years  

  • The encouragement you need to when you are retiring early as well as the motivation to live life the way it was meant to be lived 

  • Valuable retirement tools such as The Get-a-Life Tree to create a retirement plan filled with satisfying and joyful activities  

  • Life-changing insights and real-life examples of retirees who are truly enjoying retirement

  • Proof that you were created to succeed at retirement life beyond anything you can imagine

Your true nature is to retire happy, wild, and free. Never lose touch with it. You will, however, if you are not careful. The way to ensure that you are retiring happy is to have a copy of The World's Best Retirement Book by Ernie Zelinski available at your fingertips.'s #1Retirement Book . . .

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is so rich with retirement wisdom, including a chapter about where to retire, and has such immense power to change lives, that it now appears in's number 1 position  out of over 14,000 listings for retirement-related books  when you type "retirement" or "retire" into's search feature.

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by Ernie J. Zelinski — All Rights Reserved
Author of The World's Best Retirement Book

 I will do today
what others won't,
so I will have
tomorrow what
others don't.
— John Addison
No organization — government or
otherwise — can take great care of you in retirement.     Organizations aren't capable of this — only  you are!
— from Life's Secret Handbook

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Surveys of seniors overwhelmingly      suggest that higher incomes don't drive satisfaction in   retirement. That said, there is a minimum
of income required to enjoy retirement.
— Dan Richards
I'm regularly asked     what my [retirement]  plan is, and I    deliberately don't have much of a plan. I've had lots of plans in my life and it might be nice to have a period      that is less planned.
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