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Welcome to the How to Retire Happy: Retirement with a
Difference Website. You will find retirement planning topics such as Top-10 Reasons
to Retire Early, Signs You Are Enjoying Retirement, and How NOT to Retire Happy. You will also find retirement
planning resources such as The Best Places to Retire, Retirement Poems, Retirement Quotes, Retirement Humor,
Retirement Wishes, and Letters/Reviews about The World's Best Retirement
Above all, the purpose of the How to Retire Happy
Website is to minimize the complexity and uncertainty associated with retirement, and to allow
individuals to concentrate on what matters most in retirement. In short, this website is about how
to retire happy, wild, and free.
The Latest E-mail from
the World's Best Retirement Book
Here is the latest e-mail that Ernie Zelinski received from a retiree about
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.
May 10, 2012
Mr. Ernie J. Zelinski
P.O. Box 4072
Canada T6E 4S8
While we walked the dog one morning, Karen said that with all the new
things we have done since retiring that you might like to hear about some of them.
Here they are, in no particular order.
In the first year or so of our freedom:
I filed a provisional patent, taking the invention to
prototype, and began marketing it.
She started a part time job.
I started a blog, and built a website.
She learned belly dancing.
We hiked, bird watched, and photographed eagles, owls, and wildlife too
numerous to list, even an albino fawn with her mother.
I fly fished Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
She joined a book-reading club.
We travelled with our dog Jedi throughout the southern USA.
She learned to use power tools.
I began leather working, and developed two new designs.
She began gardening, putting in both vegetables and herbs.
We stay up later, sleep in, and take regular naps.
I study and play the classical guitar.
She started word puzzles to keep her mind sharp.
I started a small business delivering health and wellness classes to the public
through hospitals, senior living, and community centers.
We dropped fifteen pounds (each) of weight attributed to job-related stress
We spent a winter in the Florida panhandle.
She does yoga.
We made new friends in several states.
I resumed fly tying because of much more time on the water.
We attended classes and seminars, including the " Creative
Retirement Workshop" (CREW) at the University of North Carolina in
Asheville. By the way, they cite your work at the workshop and recommend
I wrote one novel, and ten short stories, which I will submit
for publishing after final editing.
We attended plays.
She hosted parties, and re-decorated the house.
I tried and let go of part time work. You see, I am simply
There are probably many more things but I cannot recall them at
Karen and I are thrilled at having time each day for nature walks, bicycle riding, bird
watching, and cruising in our classic sports car (we are from Detroit, after all). The
time together has strengthened our marriage, too.
We worried about money initially, but now find we do just fine, even spending less than
we did while working. In fact, we noticed work requires a significant outlay, even
I believe working consumes more money than most people understand. Not working, on the
other hand, provides untold wealth, health, and happiness.
Thank you for writing the books you did. They have helped us along our path.
Best wishes for health and happiness,
Jack and Karen Cipriani
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How to realize a deep
new love for life
How to free yourself from the burdens of the fear of
In How to Retire Happy, Wild, and
Free you'll meet a number of interesting people like Ben from Toronto, a
former entertainer, who traveled across America in a Greyhound recently (a dog of a trip!), and
wrote a book on the benefits of cayenne pepper, which he says is better than Viagra. Then
there's Bill and Valerie, who live aboard a sailboat in Hawaii, and Tom, who, at 96, still walks
four miles a day and chases women at night.
The book's section titles can be quite entertaining. "If You Don't Take Care of your Body, Where Do
You Intend to Live?" is one about daily health maintenance. An even better is one "Early to Bed and
Early to Rise Make a Person Dull, Boring and Despised."
The message here is to forget rigid schedules when you retire. Good point. Retirement is
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Important advice on how to choose
satisfying leisure activities so that you don't require a million dollars to retire
Special practical exercises to
help awaken you to what leisure activities will turn you on in your
The encouragement you need to retire early and live life the way it was
meant to be lived
Valuable tools such as The
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true nature is to retire happy, wild, and free. Never lose touch with it. You will, however, if you are
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Another E-mail from a Fan
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Changed So Many
Here is another e-mail from a reader How to Retire
Happy, Wild, and Free.
----- Original Message ----
To: Ernie Zelinski
Sent: Mon, July 12, 2010 3:17:24 PM
Dear Ernie Z,
I bought your retirement
about 5 years ago. It is now dog-eared, highlighted, and generally a
mess! It was a salvation.
Every ounce of advice I got about retirement before that focused on money. Your
book [ How to Retire Happy, Wild, and
Free ] made me focus on the life I
wanted. It was all about looking for the "essence" of what enriched
Once I got over losing a bundle in the "downturn" of the economy, I simply forged on
with the plan your book helped me make. and retired anyway. (You should see my
[Get-a-Life] tree. I used Inspiration software to create it and keep it up still).
We ended up in an old double wide on a wild river in north Florida. Nature is here all
the time. I made friends and find great joy in a no-traffic fishing village. We will
never be surrounded by condos or golf courses as we are in the heart of a National
Forest 20 miles from a grocery store. Shopping is greatly reduced when you have to go
that far to shop!
I sing, paint, swim, bird, garden and generally fill the days successfully. We travel
in our used camper and boat in a vampy old pontoon. I avoid anything that is
destructive to joy.
I clearly am reaching my retirement goal to become an eccentric- you said I had to have
a goal and there it is. As far as a purpose, it is to engage others joyfully and
provide small kindnesses. As far as big purposes go, no way--I "gave at the office" for
The money is taking care of itself. We just spend less that we take in each month.
Might mean resetting the heat or AC for a week, taking cool showers, eating in or going
to free entertainment instead of that which costs a lot. So what. I grow food and make
2 meals out of one night out. It all works. When it's gone, it's gone. Hopefully, I'll
be gone, too. If not, well we do have the camper!
So, keep up the good work. I recommend your book to everyone I care about - retired or
What the Media are
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Book by Ernie
Zelinski . .
To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial
planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That's where
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and
- Jonathan Chevreau, Retirement Columnist
As this book emphasizes, "a happy, wild and free retirement is based not only on a healthy
relationship with money and our financial resources, but . . . above all, a happy retirement is
based on a healthy relationship with ourselves."
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is
sprinkled with cartoon illustrations and pertinent quotations on work and retirement.
Get this book if you look forward to a retirement with "zing."
- Nancy Paradis
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