Book review: “How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free”

How important, if at all, is to have more money for our happiness and well-being, especially when we are just around the corner from calling it a day by retiring once and for all? As expected, this question has always garnered a lot of different opinions and thus debate.

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor

There are numerous of books out there on the market that are geared toward aiding those individuals who are about to take a step into the retiring world. There is one book, in particular, that has been causing quite a buzz ever since it was released on the market due to the unique information that it contains: How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor by Ernie Zelinski. This book views retirement from a different angle. It has already received numerous of positive reviews and has been translated to a handful of other languages; therefore, countless of individuals around the globe are benefiting from the knowledge that its pages withhold.

Mr. Zelinski is an international bestselling author that has become well-known around the globe for helping adventurous souls live free and prosperous. This book can certainly attest this, as it provides a new insight on retirement. Just like the title reads, this wise author can show one how to live free, wild, and happy when one is opting for retirement. One of the reasons why this author decided to sit down and write this book is because there are a lot of misconceptions that surround the ‘retirement’ topic. He has his own point of view which has been noted to resonate with a lot of people.

Having Rather than Being Can Limit Human Potential

Are people accurate about the benefits that having money can bring on the table? A new study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology emphasizes that people are often confused about how spending money could benefit their lives. This study shows that a great percentage of individuals predict that the purchase of material goods is a better option than spending it on something that will help them attain life experiences. The only experience that people attain from shopping is the feeling of being a ‘higher being,’ as they feel empowered for having new materialistic things. ‘How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free’ reflects on some pages that it seems that the focus on having rather than being can limit human potential. There are some individual who believe that money does not make them happy because they have not been able to spend it well.

There’s More to Life than Buying Materialistic Things

This book states that spending our money is not the only option we have; we also have other options that deserve our thoughts: how we should live our lives and if we really should spend so much time and energy chasing for money first. So when we are trying to understand the importance of money for our welfare we should really think about how important money is in relation to other things.
Focusing directly on other elements of life can probably do more for our well-being than the way we choose to spend our money, such as social relationships, physical and mental health,and how we relate to the world around us. Focusing on these elements can help one contribute a lot to one’s well-being. Being materialistic is well-known to be detrimental to the welfare of an individual. Those who pursue wealth and possessions consistently report feeling ‘low’ than those who do not.

Money Doesn’t Bring the Expected ‘Long-Term Comfort’

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor mentions that having more money doesn’t bring the kind of comfort that many people often predict. One reason for this way of thinking is that people do not care about the amount of money they have but are more concerned with the social position that their income gives them. But increments in the income of an individual does not necessarily equate to a rise in social position.

Studies have also shown that the losses of revenue have a great impact on the welfare of a human being. This suggests that any benefit that accrues from increased revenues can be completely annihilated by losses of revenue. Avoiding losing seems to be the goal rather than maximizing income. Whether more money brings greater happiness–arises again and again and will definitely continue to do so. It is definitely an important issue. If you have money, then of course it makes sense to use it wisely. But it would be a mistake to let the pursuit of money, for the sake of happiness, distract us away of from the things in life that matter the most.

Retirement Wisdom Has Arrived

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor apart from other books that fall in its genre is its holistic approach to the fears, hopes, and dreams that people have about retirement. This international bestseller, which sold over 110,000 copies sold in its first edition, goes far beyond the numbers that are often the main focus of retirement planning. In short, the retirement wisdom that is stated in this book will prove to be much more important than the amount of money you have saved.
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor  helps readers to create an active, fulfilling ,and happy retirement that does not require one to have a million dollars in the bank in order to do so. Even though it was published in 2009, this book still keeps selling like hotcakes.

Keep it on the Coffee Table

Retirement does not have to mean the end of life, in fact, it can mean a new start in life to explore. In this book, author Ernie J. Zelinksi shows that the key to enjoying an active and fulfilling retirement life depends on much more than having the adequate financial resources. This book informs on the important of paying attention to all aspects of life, including leisure activities, creative activities, physical and mental health, and social support. It even provides tips for those individuals who want to retire early. It is definitely worth being in a coffee table for everybody to know about it as at the end of the day, everyone will have to face retirement.

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