We all look for experiences that make us feel most alive—most engaged, most appreciated, most loved.
To feel most alive, you need to actively participate in the seven key areas of life: social, environmental, spiritual, sexual, emotional, physical and intellectual. The more engaged you are, the richer and more fulfilling your life will be.
I discovered these seven pillars while reading a retirement condo magazine during a hospital visit!
I would argue that whether you are retired or not your quality of life can also be measured by the following seven pillars.
1. SOCIAL: Living in a community of your peers is important for your physical, mental and psychological health. It gives you emotional support and interesting things to think about, and it inspires you to participate in a variety of activities.
2. ENVIRONMENTAL: In order to thrive, you need to live in an environment that makes you feel comfortable and at home. It should include common rooms, areas where you can visit with friends and family and quiet spaces where you can reflect and relax.
3. SPIRITUAL: Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose, adds meaning to your life and makes you feel valued. You can lead a group within a retirement residence, and you can also give back to the wider community.
4. SEXUAL: Experiencing love and sexuality in later years fulfills a need for emotional comfort and intimacy. This vital part of life also has a positive impact on self-esteem and physical and emotional health.
5. EMOTIONAL: Moving from your home to a retirement community is often challenging. Compassionate staff understand this change and will help you work through it and embrace the opportunities that it brings.
6. PHYSICAL: The exercise programs and personal and group instruction available in retirement communities are geared to your individual fitness level and help you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
7. INTELLECTUAL: Retirement residences understand the importance of lifelong learning and offer many academic and non-academic opportunities to expand your knowledge both at the residence and in the wider community.
Have we missed something about life ? Is our participation on “over the peak” social, spiritual or intellectual ?
Maybe peak happiness is supposed to happen in a retirement home ?