Read? Work Less and Gone Fishing Planning Room (2)

More ideas from the book: “What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement.”

Three Levels Of Retirement Happiness

  1. Pleasure – Level 1
  2. Engagement – Level 2
  3. Meaning – Level 3

Level 1 – Pleasure

It’s usually based on your interests in the world outside of work. It’s the same kind of stuff that you pursue whenever you have free time: hobbies, entertainment, spectator events, travel, socializing. these things are enjoyable partly just because they’re work. And they are enjoyable partly because there’s something about the subject or pastime that you find interesting.

During your working life, these low-involvement activities bring a welcome counterbalance to your work. In retirement, though, these activities are no longer counterbalancing work and they may not have enough weight to stand on their own. They may not be rich enough to bring the amount of happiness that …