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Top tips for a happy retirement

Say goodbye to the constraints of a working life and hello to a whole new world of possibilities.

Here's our top 5 of things you can do to enjoy a happy retirement. 

1. Downsize and save

Many people buy larger and larger homes over the course of their lives as their families grow and their careers blossom. But by retirement age, your children are probably grown and out of the house. Even if you don't have a mortgage, you're still paying to heat rooms that probably aren't getting much use and spending both time and money to keep up your home's exterio

2. Travel

If you ask most people what they look forward to about retirement, the ability to travel would probably be high on the list. If you have the money to travel and the desire, why not go for it?

3. Stay active

Despite all of the things that you could be doing, it's easy to get into a rut when you're retired -- especially if you live alone. Sitting around the house isn't just bad for your mental health, it's bad for your physical health as well.

4. Learn a skill or start a hobby

Many of us have skills or hobbies that we wish we'd picked up but never got around to. Now's your chance. It could be the opportunity to learn more about a lifelong passion, or the start of another career.

5. Share your knowledge

Even if teaching wasn't your profession, it's still something that you can take up after you retire. Not necessarily teaching children, but teaching other adults what you've learned in the years spent in your chosen industry. Many companies like to employ career coaches or bring in speakers to share their knowledge with their employees.

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