Comparision in the Thief of Joy

I came across this great quote in an article I read recently, “comparison is the thief of joy”. Too often we look at others and think ‘man, they have retirement sorted - just check out their updates on Facebook; a great house, strong relationship, busy social calendar, and regular holidays away...” We then turn inwards and a sense of envy develops.

The challenge is that we never truly know what is going on in another person’s life. What we see and hear is what they choose to share with us. And if you only worry about what others think or what you believe you are lacking, what are the wonderful things you missing out on in your own retirement?

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Is happiness really what we’re all after in retirement?

I posted a quote on my Facebook page recently “my only KPI should be am I happy” and interestingly it stimulated quite a lot of discussion! This was a quote was taken from a recent conversation with one switched-on and highly successful lady in which she was reflecting on workplace priorities coupled with the positive change us she anticipated in retirement. i.e. we get to focus on what is important to us rather than what motivates our bosses. This, however, raised a question with others - is it actually healthy to strive to be ‘happy’ (i.e. cheerful) all of the time?

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