Are Your Expectations Helping You Be Happier?

Our expectations play a very important role in our life. For instance, the way we manage our expectations heavily influences our ability to experience happiness and can even affect our health. As you get older and begin to think about your retirement years, this continues to be true.  We set expectations all the time for ourselves, […]

Retiring: Do You Do This To Create a Meaningful Life?

In retirement, it is sometimes a challenge to establish the two important conditions needed for feelings of meaning and fulfillment. These two conditions are: Being able to feel and give love and having a sense of belonging. Having and pursuing goals that allow you to use your strengths so you will be engaged and experience […]

Retiring: Do You Know How to Connect Your Values to Fulfillment in Life?

It's important to be able to identify your values at all stages in life. This continues to be true when you are considering retiring because this is a time in life when people ask what they can do to live a more fulfilled life. As you approach retirement, it is normal to be concerned about […]

Retiring: Do You Know What Your Purpose Is?

Retirement is now considered to be a new adult development stage in life. This is significant because it affects how you think about and plan for this 20 to 25 years in your life. Naturally, you want to be happy during this block of time. There has been some interesting discussion the last couple of […]

Feeling Stressed? Use These Tips To Be Happier

We feel stress for a variety of reasons. To some degree, it depends on what is important to us. Sometimes it happens because of tragedies, such as the recent Boston Marathon bomb blasts mentioned in my welcome message. Other times, it happens because of the economy, weather related disasters, relationship or health problems, a death, […]

Do You Want to Increase Engagement and Happiness

Are you tired of feeling like you are just going through the motions in life? How would things be different if you felt excited or passionate about your life? Some of the best facts about the importance of engagement in life come from the work area where disengagement has been closely studied. According to the recent […]

How Do You Handle Disappointment or Adversity?

Life can be a struggle. The encore stage in your life is no exception. Yes, there are many meaningful and happy times during this prime time. However, as in other stages of life, there are challenges.  One of the challenges during retirement is learning how to accept some of the limitations that happen, such as […]

Quiz: How Healthy Is Your Self-Esteem?

Over the years, there has been a lot written about the importance of self-esteem. There are advocates for increasing self-esteem as well as people who believe self-esteem can be a deterrent to success.  To me, self-esteem is more than self-confidence. It is the belief in yourself that says you have the right to be successful […]