Other people matter. That, in a three word nutshell, is what relationships – especially in retirement – are all about. Trite? No. The reality is that while we need to look after ourselves, real and meaningful happiness is just as much (if not more) about our connectedness with others and about the positive relationships we build and maintain in all the various domains of our lives.

It’s been said that the secret to a long and happy marriage is falling in love many times, always with the same person. I’ve no doubt this is true and I’ve also no doubt that the same basic principle applies to any relationship (in any area of life, including work).
– Professor Christopher Peterson, A Primer in Positive Psychology

The good news is that we don’t need hundreds of friends – despite what many think in these days of Facebook and Instagram – we really only need two or three close friends, confidants in whom we can confide and with whom we can enjoy “real” and “authentic” moments, to gain the benefits of positive relationships and to enjoy a positive retirement.



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