5 Strategies to Improve Your Quality of Life

We all have times in our life when we face struggles and challenges. During those times, it is easy to feel anxious and/or depressed. Life might not feel meaningful, and it can be far from satisfying. During times of struggle,¬†it is important to choose to do what you can to boost your sense of¬†satisfaction and […]

Enthusiasm: Do You Want More?

In thinking about what makes people come across positive in their lives, I am convinced that enthusiasm or vitality, one of the 24 Character Strengths in Positive Psychology, plays a key role. It is one of five Character Strengths that correlates strongly with satisfaction with life, happiness, and well-being. Enthusiasm can also be described as zest, vitality, energy […]

Finding Fulfillment When You Are Retired

When I talk to people thinking about retiring, one of the most important concerns I hear is that this next stage in life won't be as fulfilling and meaningful as previous stages have been. This no longer has to be true because retirement as it used to be is no more.  Instead, we now have […]

Be Successful with This Attitude: Realistic Optimism

Much has been written about the value of optimism. Some people believe success will come easily if you are just optimistic – sort of like wishful thinking. Unfortunately, life isn't as easy as visualizing what you want and waiting for it to happen. I know this from personal experience. Does this mean optimism is not helpful? […]

Do You Want Your Bucket List to Be Helpful?

Bucket lists have become popular. Anybody at any age can have one. In fact, it seems almost everyone has a bucket list these days. It often is something like 100 things to do before I kick the bucket or 200 places to see before I die. Many people thinking about retiring start a bucket list. […]

An Important Lesson You Need to Learn to Be Resilient

Since life is rarely the way it is suppose to be, resilience is one of the most important things needed to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. It is considered essential to being a mature, emotionally healthy adult. When you face challenges in life, resilience is your ability to maintain stable, healthy levels of psychological […]

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 […]

Do These Things to Create Well-Being

How important is well-being to you? If you are thinking about retiring, there are three main areas that can affect your well-being: finances, health, and meaning. We can learn a lot about well-being from Martin Seligman, a research scientist and founder of Positive Psychology. He believes there are actually five important elements that contribute to […]