It is commonly understood that a happy and healthy retirement largely depends on one’s ability to save. But money isn’t the be-all and end-all to ensuring a fulfilling retirement. According to a recent U.S. News article, the following non-monetary considerations are also worth bearing in mind ("5 Retirement Planning Must-Haves," August 2014): 


  • Participate in various activities that keep you engaged
  • Surround yourself with family and friends who can assist in the event of an emergency or when day-to-day care is required
  • Decide whether you will relocate or retire in your current home
  • Choose the proper insurance coverage
  • Set goals to keep yourself focused


In a similar story, U.S. News revealed “4 Ways to Find Meaning in Retirement” (October 31, 2014).


First, look for meaning in your everyday life by participating in activities that really mean something to you. Anything that involves helping others is a great start.


Next, seek out the exciting and the new. One great way to do this is leave the house with no destination in mind.


Another way to achieve meaning is to focus on improving your body and mind—whether it be learning a new language or exercising.


Finally, avoid burning through your savings too quickly and learn to be thrifty: By so doing, you may realize how little you actually need for a meaningful life.


If you’ve always been the shy and “retiring” kind, retirement might just be the time to reconsider your position on life’s fringes—to become more active, engaged and fulfilled.

What else is needed for a fulfilling retirement?