This is the best article I have read on retirement, written by someone who speaks from experience, not research and techno babble. I highly recommend it.
I understand why the ONS says the newly retired are among the happiest. But happiness, like everything else, has an expiry date
What one expects from retirement is different for everyone because we are unique creatures. Yet all of us must realise that we are on a journey, from the moment we are born until the day we die. The final stage in our lives should be treated like all the other episodes in our brief existence – as an adventure filled with discovery, joy, wonder, sorrow and bliss.
Everyone’s retirement will be filled with trial and tribulation because death is awaiting us. How we overcome those tests of our physical and mental health depends not only upon our own resilience but on getting support from our family, friends and our government.