Will Retiring Early Make You Happier? It’s Complicated

Many people hate their jobs. Retiring early may bring relief and even joy, but it's no guarantee.

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Editor’s note: "Will Retiring Early Make You Happier" is part five of an ongoing series throughout this year focused on how to retire early and the FIRE ("Financial Independence, Retire Early") movement. The introduction to the series is How to Retire Early in Six Steps. The second article is How to Retire Early by 40. The third is How to Retire Early by 50 and the fourth is Retire Early for Adventure

Research shows that anxiety and stress peak on Mondays, but it all starts to kick in the night before. There’s even a name for it: the “Sunday scaries.” 

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Jacob Schroeder

Jacob Schroeder is a financial writer covering topics related to personal finance and retirement. Over the course of a decade in the financial services industry, he has written materials to educate people on saving, investing and life in retirement. With the love of telling a good story, his work has appeared in publications including Yahoo Finance, Wealth Management magazine, The Detroit News and, as a short-story writer, various literary journals. He is also the creator of the finance newsletter The Root of All (https://rootofall.substack.com/), exploring how money shapes the world around us. Drawing from research and personal experiences, he relates lessons that readers can apply to make more informed financial decisions and live happier lives.