Month: December 2017

December 26, 2017 Byron Thompson No comments exist

One of our biggest challenges as we enter into or are in our so called second chapter of life is complacency. The second chapter starts at a different time for each of us. It is when we move from what has been our principal occupation to the next phase in our lives. In interviewing people…

December 22, 2017 Byron Thompson No comments exist

What is well-being and how do we know when we get it? We’ve talked previously about the work University of Pennsylvania’s psychologist Martin Seligman seligman@psych.upenn.edu is doing in this area. He uses the handy mnemonic PERMA to remember the 5 elements of Well-Being. Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment. His excellent book Flourish A…

December 19, 2017 Byron Thompson No comments exist

Certainly, a critical fact in achieving Well-Being in retirement, or for that matter any other time in life, is to keep ourselves open to new learning. I had such an experience this morning. I am currently working with two very talented and intelligent high school seniors. I hired them as Interns to work with me…

December 15, 2017 Byron Thompson No comments exist

You, no doubt, are reading this blog or it was recommended to you by someone who cares about you and your happiness. The fact that you are reading it tells me that you are success minded. By success minded I mean that you have a desire to make this second chapter of your life as,…

December 12, 2017 Byron Thompson No comments exist

A question I hear frequently is, “Should I work now that I’ve reached the age of retirement? Work: “Anything you are doing when you’d rather be doing something else.” Humor: One retiree sez to another;” I go fishing in a well in my backyard every day.” Retiree #2 “Do you ever catch anything?” Retiree #1…

December 8, 2017 Byron Thompson No comments exist

Successfully Living in the 2nd Chapter of Life. Now what? Is the question I asked myself as I sat contemplating my future after my own retirement. I’ve since discovered that most people are asking the same question in one form or another. Some have found the answer and are enjoying a happy joy filled second…

December 5, 2017 Byron Thompson No comments exist

Patricia and I finished our stay in Lucerne , Switzerland and drove our rental car down through the Alps to Como, Italy on our way to Venice. As I recall, the tunnel connecting the two countries at that point is about 10 to 12 miles long. Most of us remember from our history classes in…

December 1, 2017 Byron Thompson No comments exist

As I said in my previous blog we can enrich our retirement years by writing a Personal Manifesto. A statement of our values and how we intend to live our lives. It can provide a beacon to keep us on the path to being the person we want to be. It can also assure us…