Weekend Reading: Your Overall Happiness in Life Boils Down to 3 Simple Habits

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Your pursuit of a happy life (and retirement) may require change and a shift in perspective as you grow older.


Sustainable joy is subjective and varies from person to person; however, overall happiness can often be obtained by focusing on three essential practices:

📌 Caring for your mind and body: Prioritize sleep and recognize its importance for mental and physical well-being. Incorporate play into your routine for enhanced creativity and innovation. Manage anxiety by taking breaks, going for walks and focusing on positive thoughts.

📌 Valuing downtime: In a hyper-connected world, it's crucial to rest and renew your brain. Practice mindfulness, listen to music, engage in positive conversations and incorporate other brain-calming activities into your day. Create downtime gaps in your schedule for uninterrupted thinking and reflection.

📌 Putting love into action: Love, in the form of empathy, care and compassion, should be integrated into your daily actions. Choosing a Second Act path that aligns with your passions fosters engagement and enhances overall fulfillment.

Whatever your Job Optional life looks like, don’t forget to prioritize caring for you, caring for others and above all, leading each day with your Purpose to create the happy life you deserve.