Happy retirement…

Make a conscious choice to view this as the Summer of your life and you’ll find it the most wonderful season of all.

As it turns out, there’s no silver bullet when it comes to ensuring happiness during your golden years. A combination of factors can certainly drive a positive retirement experience, but which ones make all the difference?

Choice is the first key ingredient in the recipe for happiness during retirement. Why? Simply put, choice makes us less resistant to change. Studies have shown that we’re more accepting of the result when we’ve been involved in the decision making behind the choice that was made. For those with the means to choose where they go and what they do next, this makes the prospect of change at this phase of life a less daunting prospect.

Those lucky enough to choose their own retirement property will know that the move is best made sooner rather than later, as this avoids stress both for the person moving and their loved ones. In selecting a Village with the right facilities like healthcare and an inclusive community, you’re guaranteed the peace of mind that comes with having the right safety net in place should you ever need it.

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A healthy mindset can also have a profound impact on one’s levels of happiness at this stage of life. Although every perception of retirement will be different for many, what’s interesting is that we’re able to choose the frame through which we see it. If you view retirement as a negative notion, you’re most likely to meet it with resistance and unhappiness. In making a conscious choice to view this as the Summer of your life, you’ll be able to approach it with the positivity that makes it the most wonderful season of all.

For some, a healthy mindset relies on keeping the mind young. Those looking to keep their minds in fighting shape should start with daily exercise. A recent study revealed that those in their 70s who exercised daily experienced less brain shrinkage as they aged. Learning something new, reading and completing puzzles like crosswords and Sudoku are other ways to flex those mental muscles.

“Location. Location. Location.” It’s something we’re used to hearing when it comes to property but in terms of happiness during retirement, it’s everything. For starters, it allows you remain active in your family unit because you’re close to those who matter most. Another benefit that adds to retirement happiness is proximity to amenities that deliver entertainment and of course convenience. With a home in a celebrated location, you’re also guaranteed a solid investment that safeguards your future. Now isn’t that something worth smiling about?

You don’t find the happiest life. you make it.

Mount Edgecombe Village is a mature lifestyle village located in the heart of Umhlanga, close to shopping centres, beaches, golf courses and more. This Collins Residential development also includes a fully-operational Care Centre for wellness and total peace of mind. With 100 homes already in The Village, the final phase of our story is set to be the most sensational one yet. With five home types to choose from, you could soon be making the choice of a lifetime. To see how The Village delivers the perfect balance of design, nature, and active, convenient living contact Rianne (084 659 3199), Debbie (083 776 8297) or Thomas (083 700 3511) to arrange your private tour today. Details: merv.co.za/phase2.

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