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6 Books for the Retirement Mindset

6 Books for the Retirement Mindset

As you plan for and eventually settle into retirement, you're likely to encounter seemingly endless advice from family, friends and the internet. But when you want to zero in on a particular topic, sometimes the best approach is to pick up a good old-fashioned book.

We've put together a curated list of worthwhile reads covering such topics as finance, physical health and inspiration to support your transition into a retirement lifestyle.

These books for the retirement mindset can help you plan out what your retirement lifestyle will look like, whether you're thinking about retiring several years in the future or you're recently retired.

1. "The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+" by Suze Orman

Finance guru Suze Orman's best-selling retirement guide features advice tailored to retirees on how to plan for financial success in the long term. Orman shares practical tips as well as advice on how to navigate the emotional side of money decisions so you can ensure stability and prosperity throughout your retirement.

2. "Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life" by Twyla Tharp

This memoir by professional dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp is peppered with advice on how to embrace your age and stop chasing youth. Tharp's lessons aren't just for dancers or pro athletes — her pragmatic and inspiring pointers will resonate with anyone aiming to maintain an active, enriching lifestyle in retirement, whether you're a lifelong exerciser or hoping to connect with your physical self for the first time in retirement.

3. "Purposeful Retirement: How to Bring Happiness and Meaning to Your Retirement" by Hyrum W. Smith

Developing a new routine after decades of work can be challenging at the start of retirement. Once the vacation feeling wears off, how will you spend your time and pursue a meaningful life?

"Purposeful Retirement" guides readers on how to discover their passions and find satisfaction in new activities like volunteering. Amazon reviewers praise Smith for his perspective and keen advice on finding your own sense of meaning in retirement.

4. "Life" by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

"Life" offers spiritual meditations on the human experience, but don't expect a dense philosophy textbook or new-age self-help. This illustrated book is appropriate for all ages and is perfect to share with grandchildren or loved ones in any life stage. It considers the big and small events on the winding road of life, muses on nature and hope, and includes dazzling illustrations that bring the poetic text to life.

5. "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande is a surgeon who writes about the inevitable end of life that we will all face someday. She also provides insight into how medicine can improve our lives up to the very last moment. This #1 New York Times bestseller combines research with empathetic narration to open readers' minds to important questions about how to live a full life and plan for a dignified death.

6. "Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention" by Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton, famous for her role on the sitcoms "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The Middle," writes with humor and wisdom about starting a "second act" in life. She shares stories from her own journey and from people around the country, showing that "midlife doesn't have to be about crisis" and that "it's never too late, or too early, to stage your second act."

Whether you're just dipping your toes in to support your planning for retirement or you've already settled in, these engaging books for the retirement mindset can help guide you toward a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle in your golden years.

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