I recently finished reading “How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free” by Ernie J. Zelinski. Subtitled “Retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor,” this is a sequel to his earlier bestseller “The Joy of Not Working.”
Overall, I enjoyed the book and I can enthusiastically recommend it. Zelinski shares many of the same philosophies about being happy and finding fulfillment in retirement as I do. The book is profound in some areas, but merely states the obvious (at great length) in others.
If you are still clinging to notion that retirement is a time of decline or boring years of purposeless idle time, much of what Zelinski offers in his book will destroy those perceptions and replace them with a vision that’s much more positive and optimistic.
Zelinski offers four fundamentals for attaining personal fulfillment during retirement: