From the internets Part 1

“Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?” ― Robert Browning

This post is about links to some online articles I’ve saved over the past couple of weeks. Are any specifically about retiring in Bali? Nope. But hopefully that’s ok.

“For the first three months, I place each student at a table with a thousand pieces of white paper and a trash can underneath. Every day they have to sit at the table for several hours and write ideas. They put the ideas they like on the right side of the table; the ones they don’t like, they put in the trash. But we don’t throw out the trash. After three months, I only take the ideas from the trash can. I don’t even look at the ideas they liked. Because the trash can is a treasure trove of things they’re afraid to do.” — Marina Abramovic

“Boomers (people between 57 and 75 years) are a demographic just waiting to be discovered and properly wooed. According to him, older adults have a number of factors in their favour, as a group with a lot of spending potential. They hold 70 per cent of the world’s wealth. They have plenty of time, as they are either semi-retired or completely out of the workforce. This is ‘time affluence’, where, according to his calculations, they collectively have about 50 trillion hours of free time to fill. Much of it with travel.” — Ken Dychtwald, CEO, Age Wave

1. A happy childhood has very, very long-lasting effects.

2. But … people with difficult childhoods can make up for them in midlife.

3. Learning how to cope well with stress has a lifelong payoff.

4. Time with others protects us from the bruises of life’s ups and downs.

4 lessons from the longest-running study on happiness

“I don’t know why we take our worst moods so much more seriously than our best, crediting depression with more clarity than euphoria. We dismiss peak moments and passionate love affairs as an ephemeral chemical buzz, just endorphins or hormones, but accept those 3 A.M.” — Tim Kreider

“Naps as short as six minutes can improve the part of long-term memory related to the ability to recall facts and knowledge. Just 20-30 minutes improves motor skills (even typing) and alertness, while 30-60 will boost decision-making skills. NASA found that a 40-minute snooze improved performance by 34% in military pilots and astronauts—and improved alertness 100%.” — An introduction to napping

According to Bronnie Ware, the five most common regrets shared by people nearing death were:

  • "I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."

  • "I wish I hadn’t worked so hard."

  • "I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings."

  • "I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends."

  • "I wish that I had let myself be happier."

Thinking of leaving the U.S.? What this 64-year-old wishes she knew before retiring in Mexico—on $1,000 a month

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5 Ways Travel Improves Your Mental Health

  1. It Provides a Source of Joy

  2. It Alleviates Stress

  3. It Increases Mental Resilience

  4. It Boosts Creativity

  5. It Widens Perspective

Socioemotional selectivity theory is a lifespan theory of motivation which states that, as time horizons grow shorter, people’s goals shift such that those with more time prioritize future-oriented goals and those with less time prioritize present-oriented goals.

Until next time.

Stay safe,