The Retirement Satisfaction Cycle

Retirement! Woo Hoo! Years of work that culminates in a great day of celebration and leads to a golden period of time at the end of which you gently float off to the next dimension, right? Well, partly. The Evidence In 2006 Ken Dychtwald’s Age Wave released a fascinating report about the emotional stages of retirement.  The report,…

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Purpose Overview

A Reason to Get Out of Bed  In addition to having enough income, there are three elements to a successful and satisfying retirement: everyone needs to have meaning, purpose, and social contact. Work provides this for most of us during our working years. However, once we retire, there is nothing that will automatically fill these…

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Social Contact Overview

Social media. Social networks. Social Security. “Social” seems to be everywhere, doesn’t it? For most of us, especially men, most of our social contact comes from work. Even if we don’t socialize with colleagues outside of work, we interact in staff meetings, communicate about projects, and talk about football or the Oscars with our co-workers. Most of…

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Meaning Overview

At Beer and Peanuts our goal is to answer the question, “What if leisure isn’t enough?” This question comes from our observation and experience working with hundreds of retired clients in our financial planning practice. Many people find that while they are working full time, they are very attracted to the idea of not having to…

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