Get a Life: You Don't Need a Million to Retire Well

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Nolo, Dec 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
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Retire happy and healthy without keeping a million bucks in the bank!

The financial-service industry wants you to believe that in order to avoid financial destitution, you need to put aside huge amounts of money that you -- let's say it together -- "should have begun saving years ago."

Not true, states Ralph Warner, Nolo co-founder and the author of Get a Life . Although a sensible savings plan makes good horse sense, many other actions and decisions will determine whether you enjoy your retirement years.

Get a Life shows you how to beat the anxiety surrounding retirement, and to develop a plan to make your golden years the best of your life by:

  • developing family relationships
  • maintaining and creating friendships
  • improving health
  • keeping active
  • developing a robust curiosity for the world
  • realistically calculating how much money you need and how to secure it

    The 5th edition provides the latest research and studies that show physically and mentally active retirees live longer and enjoy happier lives.

    New in 2008: Also in this category, by coauthor Ralph Warner, Retire Happy: What you Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement.

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    User Review  - Agape - LibraryThing

    An amazing book. This gives a wholistic view of life. Retirement is more than about having enough money. It also involves having a purpose in life, family and friends, health, etc. This book gives guidance on all these issues. Read full review

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    User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

    A bit of financial advice, but numerous thoughts on retirement from the perspective of health, fitness, family and friends. Quality of life! Read full review


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    Ralph "Jake" Warner,widely recognized as a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, Warner founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1972. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by him and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

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