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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 Book.

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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

Best Retirement Books on How to Retire Happy

For the best retirement books on how to retire happy, check this slide show on US NEWS. US NEWS states, "Whether you’re already retired or preparing for it, these books are must-reads if you’re looking to make the most of your golden years." In this article titled 10 Great Retirement Books, US NEWS lists  How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free in the Number 1 Position.

US NEWS on the devoted page for How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free  delcares, "In How to Retire Wild, Happy, and Free, life coach Ernie Zelinski advises retirees on how they can relax and enjoy their lives. From retirement savings to envisioning your retirement goals, Zelinski offers guidance on a broad range of topics."

In September 2014 the AARP posted the article 6 Retirement Books You Should Read Now on their AARP website. The AARP placed How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free (now over 310,000 copies sold) in the Number 6 Position although it has out sold all the other retirement books since it was released in 2003.

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One of the Latest E-mails from a Reader 

about the World's Best Retirement Book

Here is one of the latest e-mails 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
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6E 4S8
Dear Ernie:
I am writing to you because my wife said I must. You see, we both read your books (The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free). In fact, we put much of your wisdom into practice. We both retired early.

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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 eating.
  • 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 your book.
  • 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 too busy.
There are probably many more things but I cannot recall them at present.
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 part-time!
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

Are You Ready to Leave the "Rat Race" Behind And Enjoy the Happy Retirement That You Have Always Wanted? 

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Much of having a happy and productive retirement is about following certain tried, tested, and proven principles of retiring happy cited in

   The World's Best Retirement Book 

by Ernie Zelinski

In Ernie's  How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor, you will discover the most powerful tips, techniques, and secrets that can transform a boring retirement into an exciting one, including:

  • How to enjoy retirement regardless of your financial situation

  • How to realize a deep new love for life 

  • How to free yourself from the burdens of the fear of retirement  

  • How to unleash the transformative power of your creative mind to enjoy leisure time like never before

  • How to put yourself firmly in command of your own retirement destiny

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 a time to loosen up, live it up and curl up with How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

- Editor
Retirement Rocket

The Boston Herald says, "Ernie Zelinski helps people find time to live."

And, now Ernie can help you discover the secrets

to happy retirement living with:


The World's Best Retirement Book

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If you have ever longed to have more, to experience more, to BE MORE in retirement - than you have ever been any other time in your life - then this book gives you the best chance you will ever have.

If you are searching for the best retirement planning books, this is not just one of the best books on retirement, it is the best book on retirement planning - period!

International best-selling Ernie Zelinski gives you the keys to a bigger, better, and brighter life in his inspirational and empowering book . . . How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

Page after delightful page, this is what you will find in The World's Best Retirement Book: 

 How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free . . . gives you:

  • Important advice on how to choose satisfying leisure activities so that you don't require a million dollars to retire happily

  • Special practical exercises to help awaken you to what leisure activities will turn you on in your retirement  

  • The encouragement you need to retire early and live life the way it was meant to be lived 

  • Valuable tools such as The Get-a-Life Tree to create a retirement plan filled with satisfying leisure activities  

  • Life changing insights and real-life examples of how people are enjoying retirement

  • Proof that you are created to succeed at retirement life beyond anything you can imagine

Your true nature is to retire happy, wild, and free. Never lose touch with it. You will, however, if you are not careful. The way to ensure that you have a happy retirement is to have a copy of The World's Best Retirement Book by Ernie Zelinski available at your fingertips.
Another E-mail from a Fan 

about the World's Best Retirement Book

That Has Changed So Many Lives 

Here is another e-mail from a reader How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.


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----- Original Message ----
From: sbgarri
To: Ernie Zelinski
Sent: Mon, July 12, 2010 3:17:24 PM
Subject: Thanks

Dear Ernie Z, 
I bought your retirement book 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 me. 
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 43 years.
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 not.
Take care--
Susan G.


What the Media are Saying about   

        The World's Best Retirement 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 Free begins.

- Jonathan Chevreau, Retirement Columnist
National Post


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
St. Petersburg Times

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OVER 310,000      COPIES SOLD 

A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.
— Harry Mahtar

The requirements for successful retirements
are, of course, simple to map out: Begin saving earlier in life, set aside larger
percentages of your pay, invest wisely in low-cost funds, avoid debt, pay off
your mortgage, defer Social Security to boost payouts, and work past traditional
retirement age to make sure you don't run out of money. Stay healthy, too, so your medical expenses don't eat you alive.
We might as well complete this fairy tale by advising you to make sure you find a job with a traditional pension, and
to only work for employers with AAA credit
ratings and great health insurance.
— from US NEWS

Sometimes it's important to work for that
pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply
consists of choosing which color to slide
down on the rainbow.
— Douglas Pagels  

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Everyone needs a reason to put their shoes on in the morning [when they retire]. If you put on the slippers, you'll end up
dragging your feet all day.
— Norma Fagan


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Whatever the challenge of a new age, in the end what really counts is not the years in our lives but the life in our years. It is not about longevity, but the depth of life. Long ago I learned that age does not wither the mind if people remain positive. No one is too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. It is a mind game. As Churchill suggested, "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
— Singapore Retiree Jennie Chau



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