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Sunday April 24, 2016
How To Live Well During Retirement
Can-Do Attitude A Key To Happiness
Maintaining a sincere interest in a wide array of subjects is a great place to start when seeking happiness – especially during retirement, says active retiree Robert Gallant.
“Most of us live within a narrow niche between home and work – both of which are precious – but there’s a great big world out there waiting to be discovered, and retirement affords time to do so,” says Gallant, who, in his 80s, is one of the biggest cheerleaders at the gym he attends.
In recent years, he completed an action-packed suspense novel titled “Rob the Vatican”. He received help in how to write meaningful female characters from his wife, Margie, who passed away in 2013.
“She said, ‘If a woman is significant in your novel, do not make her dependent upon the manly hero; she must significantly contribute to the successful outcome,’ which drastically improved the novel,” he says. “Additionally, she helped me paint a better picture with words. She is deeply missed.”
Gallant says a proactive interest in many things is the secret for keeping one’s mind and passion engaged.
“Interest begets interest; the more you listen to different kinds of music, the more you like it; the more engaged you are in a novel or hobby, the deeper your participation,” he says. “Life is the opportunity given to you to learn and experience things. You’re free to pursue these things, no matter your age.”