MassMutual Happiness in Retirement Study

In partnership with MassMutual, PSB Insights conducted a survey of 2,000 American household financial decisionmakers to better understand retirement. The study compares expectations of pre-retirees to the experiences of actual retirees to better understand the perceptions versus reality of retirement and determine how one can feel happy and relaxed in retirement.

See the full press release here.

Key Findings:

  • While happiness is found in retirement, pre-retirees may have unrealistic expectations about the level of happiness and excitement they will experience.
  • To achieve happiness in retirement, it is crucial to work on financial and physical health prior to retiring.
  • Happier retirees tend to be more active, engaging in activities like exercise and pursuing hobbies, and spend more time with loved ones during their free time.
  • In contrast to current retirees, most pre-retirees don’t see retirement as an end to work, instead expecting retirement to bring either a shift in focus or less work.

Coverage Includes:
Yahoo Finance: MassMutual Research: Most Retirees are Happier in Retirement vs. Working Thanks to Financial Preparation, but More than One Third Report Feeling Lonely
Investment News: What’s the key to achieving retirement happiness?
Nasdaq: Not Everyone Is Happier After They Retire. Here’s Why
US News: What Is the Average Retirement Age in the U.S.?

For more information, please contact Cindy Malone at [email protected].

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