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#89 Explore Happiness And The Psychology Of Life Two

Introducing the stages in Route 1 of Freedom, Time, Happiness


You’ve been waiting to get going on the tour itself. Wait no longer! Here’s the whole of Route 1 uploaded, a route through the territory of the land of Life Two that explores happiness and the psychology of living your Life Two.

There are 24 stages in this Route, and I’ve organized them in sections.

We start with getting to Life Two. Then we look at the new you, gradually. First we acknowledge that this is a change; then we identify some lessons and types of people, learning from the experience of others; then possible action steps for you, and ways to get help, if you need it. That enables us to look at aspects of actually living Life Two.

Roughly half of these stages have appeared as blog posts already. The other half is new material.

You’ll find that some stages aren’t presented in FTH, because they’ve been extracted and placed in Life Two. Nevertheless, some of those missing Life Two stages have themselves already been published for you as blog posts, so you don’t have to go to Life Two for them. Specifically, they are Stage H 01 (, Stage H 11 (, Stage H 21 (, Stage H 71 ( and Stage H 73 (

If you’re half of a couple, it might be beneficial if both of you take a look at H 01 (Is retirement complicated – or is it scary?), H 11 (Life’s abundance is not just about money), H 71 (How healthy is your romantic Venn diagram?), H 72 (Love and sex in this phase of life) and H 73 (Talking to your adult children about this phase of life). Those are aspects where it could be helpful if you each have some idea of how your partner feels.

And that’s it! I hope you find much material here to make Life Two happier for you – that’s my goal.

Next up: Route 2 (exploring investment).

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I have written about retirement planning before and some of that material also relates to topics or issues that are being discussed here. Where relevant I draw on material from three sources: The Retirement Plan Solution (co-authored with Bob Collie and Matt Smith, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009), my foreword to Someday Rich (by Timothy Noonan and Matt Smith, also published by Wiley, 2012), and my occasional column The Art of Investment in the FT Money supplement of The Financial Times, published in the UK. I am grateful to the other authors and to The Financial Times for permission to use the material here.

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