weekly blog--one for the ages
A new study concluded that how people allocate their time in retirement is a factor in their wellbeing, and that most retirees are spending way too little of it on what they desire as they get older, contributing to a decrease in overall happiness. Passive activities such as watching television and staying at home were reported to generate the lowest amount of happiness, while more active endeavors, like socializing, volunteering, walking or exercising, were associated with the highest level of happiness.
The study found that as respondents aged, they spent more time watching television, staying home, and running errands, even though their desire to engage in active pursuits was found to have increased with age. One possible explanation for this is that people might start off in their retirement spending more time at home or watching more television, but eventually they found that engaging in more meaningful activities provided more happiness.