Don’t let pension rules dictate your preferred retirement age

Preferred retirement age is an individual choice. It doesn’t need to be aligned with the state pension, or your employer’s pension scheme. Of course, you may need to do some planning to make sure it’s achievable. A while back, I asked my 11-year-old son what a pension is. He said, “It’s a bunch of moneyContinue reading “Don’t let pension rules dictate your preferred retirement age”

Time to get off the Hedonic Treadmill?

The hedonic treadmill is the tendency for humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness, despite major positive or negative events in life. As a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise, so there is no permanent gain in happiness.

The Holiday Paradox – why time speeds up

Why does time seem to speed up as we get older? And what is the ‘Holiday Paradox’? These are a couple of questions I’ve been reflecting on during the last year of lockdowns and travel bans. As Covid restrictions begin to ease, my thoughts are now turning to a summer holiday. Nowhere fancy, but aContinue reading “The Holiday Paradox – why time speeds up”

The biggest end-of-life regrets

This weekend brought the sad news of Prince Philip’s passing at the age of 99. But much less public, was news that someone from my year at school passed away, aged just 49. A difference in life span of half a century. When we are touched by the death of another person, it can causeContinue reading “The biggest end-of-life regrets”