Well and HappyRetirement (Encore Life)

Retirement is a phase of life that most of us look forward to for decades.  However, when the time actually arrives to let go of the accustomed schedule, structure, and sense of identity and purpose that our work lives had provided, sometimes retirement can prove to be an unexpectedly difficult transition. 

Rather than simply "stop working," a more useful paradigm to guide the retirement transition is to "Build an Encore Life."  This means - to find a new sense of purpose, and a new context and identity to continue to contribute to the world in a meaningful way after retirement. This may consist of strengthening existing relationships (such as marriage or grandparenting), building a new "Encore Career," or finding new hobbies or volunteer opportunities.  The resources in this section will provide rich new ideas to help you develop a joyful and fulfilling "Encore LIfe." 

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            These are our favorite books for planning the non-financial aspects of a productive retirement.

  1. The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better, by Richard J. Leider
  2. Refire! Don't Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, by Ken Blanchard
  3. Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It’s Not About the Money!, by Marianne T. Oehser
  4. Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities, by Alan M. Webber
  5. The New Retirementality: Planning Your Life and Living Your Dreams...at Any Age You Want, by Mitch Anthony
  6. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor, by Ernie J. Zelinski
  7. Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose, by Richard J. Leider
  8. The Retirement Challenge: A Non-financial Guide From Top Retirement Experts, by Retirement Coaches Association Members
  9. Awakening at Midlife: A Guide to Reviving Your Spirit, Recreating Your Life, and Returning to Your Truest Self, by Kathleen A. Brehony

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            These are our favorite books for planning an effective second career after retirement.

  1. The Job-Loss Recovery Program Guide: The Ultimate Visualization System for Landing a Great Job Now, by Joy Lynn Joseph
  2. What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future (What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement: Planning Now for the), by John E. Nelson
  3. Work Reimagined: Uncover Your Calling, by Richard J. Leider

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            These are our favorite books for enhancing your marriage after retirement.

  1. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert, by John Gottman, PhD
  2. A Couple's Guide to Happy Retirement and Aging: 15 Keys to Long-Lasting Vitality and Connection, by Sara Yogev
  3. The Couple's Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations For Creating An Amazing New Life Together. by Roberta Taylor, Dorian Mintzer

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