Three Keys for a Happy Retirement

Simon Barcelon


21 Oct 2021


3 Min Read

Canadians spend a lifetime planning to retire, but when they do, many struggle to find happiness. Here are a few suggestions on how to fix that.

Illustrative image of the 3 Keys to Retirement article. Image: A woman smiling

How many times while you were working did your attention drift away to fantasies about what you would do when you retired? Maybe you dreamed about travelling back home to your motherland, finally learning guitar, spending more time with your grandkids, or hosting lavish dinner parties for family and friends.

But plans aside, once retired, many Canadians start thinking of retirement as a challenge rather than the opportunity it really is.

Whether you’re currently retired or it’s just around the corner, here are three things to consider that may help you fully enjoy this chapter in your life’s story.

1. Find Fulfillment

After the initial excitement of living a life of perpetual Saturdays wears off, some retirees may struggle with feeling a lack of purpose in their lives. Filling your time with something meaningful, whether that’s pursuing a new hobby or volunteering in your community, is key to enjoying retirement. In Japan, they refer to this concept as finding your “ikigai,” and living by this ideology is believed to contribute to the exceptionally long lives of many Japanese people.¹

At Purpose Investments, we believe “ambition never retires.” Just because you’ve stopped working doesn’t mean you've retired your interests, your dreams, or your hunger to make an impact. Because of this, we created the Longevity Pension Fund, the world’s first income-for-life mutual fund, to financially empower Canadians to thrive in retirement and reach their post-work goals.

2. Keep Busy

Whenever we think about retirement, another word often comes to mind: relaxing. You worked hard your entire life to reach this point, so you may want to step back from the daily grind to relax and enjoy life. But relaxing doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to everyone! We suggest filling your time with everything you’ve ever wanted to do: that may mean taking that trip you always put off, learning that new skill you never had the time to do before, or just simply relaxing with your favourite author.

3. Secure an Income for Life

This is fundamental for many: making sure your money lasts as long as you do. If you want to make the most of your retirement, it helps to have the confidence in your financial situation to do so. As Oscar Wilde once famously said, “It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.”

1997 to 2017 Percentage of Canadians Covered by a Registered Pension Plan

However, with pension plans seemingly falling out of fashion,² many retirees worry about sustaining a lifetime income. What used to perhaps be the hardest step here is now the easiest as Longevity was designed to act like a pension for everyone. Studies show a person’s retirement satisfaction drastically increases when they have the comfort and security of a lifetime income stream through a defined benefit pension plan.³ You can rest easy knowing you have secured an income for life with Longevity!

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1. “The Philosophy of Ikigai: 3 Examples About Finding Purpose” Positive Psychology.

2. “Percentage of paid workers covered by a registered pension plan” Statistics Canada, June 2019.

3. “What makes retirees happy?” Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, February 2005.

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