How to Stop Boredom From Ruining Your Happy Retirement

Retirees who explore new interests and have an active social life are more likely to find joy — and even greatness — in the newfound freedom of retirement.

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History is filled with fascinating individuals who accomplished greatness after their careers ended. Researchers, psychologists and life coaches universally agree that retirement is not a place to wind down a life of experiences, but rather, it’s the starting place of increased greatness.

German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said, "The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom."

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Richard P. Himmer, PhD
Managing Director, Madrona Financial & CPAs

Dr. Richard Himmer is a seasoned professional with expertise in Emotional Intelligence (EI), Clinical Hypnotherapy and Workplace Bullying prevention. He holds an MBA, a master’s degree in psychology and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He combines academic knowledge with practical experience. His doctoral dissertation focused on the Impact of Emotional Intelligence on Workplace Bullying, showcasing his commitment to understanding and addressing complex workplace dynamics. Dr. Himmer leverages the subconscious (EI) to facilitate internal healing, fostering healthy interpersonal relationships built on trust and respect.