In preparation for retirement, we are often urged to build up our financial portfolio or perhaps down-size our home or move closer to family. Often neglected in this process, however, are the psychological ramifications that come with the transition into retirement. It is important for retirees to make a plan for their retirement financially, but also to take stock of their psychological portfolio at the same time. This means taking an honest look at how your sense of identity will change with retirement, how your relationships and support systems may change, and how your sense of purpose will be affected.

Revitalizing Retirement gives unique guidance on how to create a happy, fulfilling retirement. Nancy K. Schlossberg, a counseling psychologist and author of Retire Smart, Retire Happy, describes the secret to a happy retirement. She encourages readers to reshape their identity, relationships, and purpose. She discusses several coping skills that deal with accepting change and help retirees continue to feel that they are vital members of their community and that they matter.

Each chapter contains stories from actual retirees that demonstrate the numerous ways of pursuing an enjoyable retirement. There are short quizzes and discussion questions at the end of each chapter so that readers can reflect on what they have read and see exactly how it relates to their own lives. This book is a must-read for anyone considering retirement in the near future as well as current retirees who may be struggling to find happiness in their daily lives.

Table of Contents



I. The Key to a Happy Retirement

  1. Mattering and Happiness in Retirement
  2. Check Your Psychological Portfolio

II. How Others Have Found Happiness

  1. Revitalize Your Identity
  2. Revitalize Your Relationships
  3. Revitalize Your Purpose

III. Creating Your Own Happiness

  1. It's About You: Design Your Psychological Portfolio
  2. Three Guidelines for a Better Retirement
  3. Create a Lifetime of Possibilities




About the Author

Author Bio

Nancy K. Schlossberg, EdD, counseling psychologist, is the author of nine books, including Retire Smart, Retire Happy and Overwhelmed: Coping With Life's Ups and Downs, and is coauthor of Going to Plan B: How You Can Cope, Regroup, and Start Your Life on a New Path.

She is copresident of TransitionWorks, a consulting firm; professor emerita at the College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park; and past president of the National Career Development Association. She is a fellow in three divisions of the American Psychological Association and in the National Career Development Association and has been a frequent guest on radio and TV programs.

Dr. Schlossberg's work was showcased on the front page of USA Today and has been quoted in the New York Times, the St. Petersburg Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, and Cleveland's The Plain Dealer. She and her book Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path in Life were the focus of a 90-minute PBS special that is available on DVD.