We tend to view our adult lives as complex and complicated. Just…not that simple! Afterall, when was the last time a friend talked you about the simplicity of their life?

Yet, our simple needs, beginning in childhood, remain relatively simple as adults. There has been a national trend to move toward a simplified life as a way to cut costs, reduce stress and move toward a happier life. And this trend extends into retirement.

Simple needs and living simply may be the key to happiness

“O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.”
― Leo Rosten

If a simpler life enhances happiness, can we turn to a simpler life in retirement?

The discussions about a simplified retirement have largely focused on downsizing. But a return to simple needs often extends beyond reducing your home size or clearing out your material possessions. A simpler lifestyle follows.

What does a simplified lifestyle look like in retirement? Maybe it is to go all in, sell everything and hit the road. Living as a nomad overseas or in an RV — full-time. Maybe it is enjoying where you are, but making changes; like taping into all your community has to offer.  Or maybe it is making a move to be a daily, active participant in the lives of your children/grandchildren.

Are you planning or living a simplified retirement? If so, what steps have or are you taking?


Simple Needs

Photo by Justin Young

Simple Needs