Finding the Joys of Retirement
When you have worked hard for most of your life, retirement can be quite an adjustment. Leading a full and fulfilled life in later adulthood means spending time doing what you love, and exploring new passions. Here are some tips for how Del Webb residents are finding happiness and satisfaction in retirement:
1. Cultivate Relationships, Old & New
Strong relationships can play an important role in a happy life. In a study by the Pew Research Center, 70% of participants over the age of 65 said that one of the biggest benefits of retiring and growing older was spending more time with family (source link). In the same study, people were nearly three times as likely to say they were very happy with their lives if they were also very satisfied with their number of friends. In Del Webb communities, neighbors quickly become friends.
2. Get Out and Explore New Hobbies
Retirement brings with it the benefit of more free time. For some, that means traveling or spending more time with family, but it is also a great time to explore new pastimes. Volunteering in the community allows active adults to contribute their time, knowledge, and energy to help others. Crafting, gardening, and group activities like dancing and trivia are just a few of the many hobbies that are just waiting to be explored.
3. Find Physical Activities You Love
As important as physical activity is to the health of our bodies, it is also a key factor in our emotional health and wellbeing. The exercise opportunities for today’s active adult retirees are plentiful, and they are a great way to spend quality time with friends. Golf is always a popular choice among Del Webb residents, but an increasing number of people are becoming fans of walking, swimming, biking, and Pickleball® – a hybrid of table tennis, badminton, and tennis.