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Transition to retirement is less traumatic if you plan ahead to have purpose and meaning in your life in later years. Even if you’re already retired, it’s not too late to make plans for your future. What are your daydreams about? Where do you focus your attention? What inspires you to spend your energy on? A good place to start this quest is with your values, because anything you do that matches your values will bring meaning and purpose to your life.

As I mentioned last week, personality factors do not vary across all levels of loneliness (Cacioppo et al., 2006). A lonely person is just as likely as a nonlonely person to exhibit - emotional stability - surgency (level of positive affect) - agreeableness - conscientiousness - shyness - sociability.

Identifying loneliness

There is a grossly unfair stigma attached to people who are lonely. They are mistakenly viewed as having a flaw in their personality, whereas they are simply genetically predisposed to loneliness.

No noticeable differences

In fact, their social skills are just as good, they dress as well, and they are just as pleasant to be around as non-lonely people.

Taking time each day to write two pages about whatever is on your mind can be a real eye-opener. This morning I ran across some journaling I did nine years ago. I was amazed to discover that things that troubled me then have been resolved, many of my intentions back then have come to pass, and some things still need addressing! Here’s the thing. Whatever spews out of your mind day after day, day after day, starts to show patterns in your thinking.