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Thrive in Retirement: Simple Secrets for Being Happy for the Rest of Your Life

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Discover the three secrets to happiness--and much more--in the later years of life.

Never before in human history have so many people lived for decades beyond their working years. 10,000 Americans turn 65 each day, and their average life expectancy is another 20 years--and many will live longer. But will they just live or have a meaningful life? The truth is that many--if n
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Waterbrook Press
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Jena Henry
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you getting close to retirement? Are you amazed that the years have gone by so fast? Many people are shocked that their work life or busy home life has suddenly jolted to a slower pace. Some people are thrilled with the thought of being on “vacation” for the rest of their lives, and other folks are bored or anxious.

As Author Eric Thurman notes, we are really not children for all that long- childhood through college and early adulthood is about one-third of our lives. Our busy and productive
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a pretty basic book about retirement and an easy read.

I appreciate that the author states up front that he's no expert, just someone who is interested in thriving. So, I read the book from that perspective, like I was just talking to someone whose hobby was "living in retirement". What the author has to offer is various points worth considering in your post 50 years.

I had two major quibbles with the author. One, not everyone who quits working a paid job at 50 is going to drop dead. Some
Jeff Klick
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrive in Retirement, Simple Secrets for Being Happy for the Rest of Your Life, by Eric Thurman, was not my typical first choice in reading. Give me a good murder mystery of sci-fi type story any day of the week, but how to be happy in retirement? Come on.

First, I don’t plan on retiring, at least not in the typical sense. Of course, I am getting older and have slowed down. I fully expect to turn over my duties as the Senior Pastor to a younger man as I move along in years. Retire means to put ou
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
People are living longer and facing unknown territory. The person turning 65 can generally expect another two decades of life. Will those be happy years? Thurman says they can be and identifies several critical factors and gives many tip, ideas that just might make all the difference.

Thurman shares his ideas within the context of his own experience of his wife dying and his quitting his job. He knew he had to understand happiness and how he could have it in his remaining years. While some of our
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Thrive in Retirement, Eric Thurman shares what he has learned about living well in the "third season" of life. The material is presented with a light, encouraging touch, simple stories and quotes from famous people. In the matter of maximizing happiness, people in every stage of life could benefit from Thurman's research.

Thurman adds some depth through summaries of findings from many studies on aging, happiness, health, relationships, cognition, and more. He refutes two major stereotypes of
D.J. Mitchell
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrive in Retirement may be the best self-help book ever written. Ever. The title suggests its audience is limited to those facing or in retirement, but even a young whipper-snapper facing the job market for the first time should become familiar with the concepts addressed in Eric Thurman’s book. Not only easy to read, Thrive in Retirement is fun to read. Filled with wit, wisdom, inspiration, and encouragement, Eric Thurman’s book explains the necessity of balancing life with purpose, pleasure, ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting read for the over 50 set that focuses on five categories to measure well-being and the three “P’s” of happiness. The real gem for me was the appendix checklists for getting your affairs in order.
Teena in Toronto
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I work in the retirement industry so when I come across books about retirement and planning for retirement, I'm usually interested in reading them.

The author is in his early seventies and in the third and final season of his life (ie retirement) after working for international charities as CEO, so it's obvious he has a big heart. The other two "primary seasons", by the way, are childhood and adulthood. He doesn't claim to be a professional ... he's just offering advice as a friend.

This book does
Bran Diyanne
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading a book on retirement. I must admit, retirement always seemed so far off to me growing up, even now; despite my current age. Thrive In Retirement by author Eric Thurman was very informative to me. The title is perfect! The book is twelve chapters, 240 pages long, that include so much great material to read. The author talks about his life, shares stories of friends, and of family. He also includes stories on famous people in history, quotes, verses, diagrams, and lo ...more
Melissa Moore
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mind your Three P’s in retirement, and you’ll thrive. That’s the message from Eric Thurman, author of the new release Thrive in Retirement. The three P’s are Purpose, Pleasure, and Peace. Thurman gives us a book that is excellent in both content and style. This is not a stuffy book, weighted down with statistics, charts, and graphs. From first to last, it’s studded with high interest anecdotes and quotes. The research referenced in Thurman’s book is current and well matched to his claims.

Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thrive in Retirement, Simple Secrets for Being Happy for the Rest of Your Life, by author Eric Thurman took me a while to read. I am more accustomed to Christian fiction. This 240 page non-fiction book was packed full of great information for everyone and I am very glad I continued reading it.

The author has put together information to help anyone going into retirement. A lot of the information is common knowledge, but a lot of it was also new to me. The author’s writing style was a bit of a mixt
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover indicated a light-hearted simple formula for retirement, but in reality the book is a thoroughly thought out book covering a multitude of areas of life preparing the reader for the third season of life. In a gentle guiding way the author addresses the areas of retirement to consider in light of how many years retirement encompasses today. This book helps you determine where you are, areas to improve, and how to strike the right balance between purpose, peace, and pleasure. By focusing ...more
Kelamenter Smith
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Living Your Best Life in Retirement

I had the privilege to review, Thrive In Retirement. I am grateful for the many nuggets the book has given us. The author concisely detailed steps to having happiness for the rest of your life while in retirement. Its one thing to have a long life, but its another when you live a wonderful happy fulfilled life.
The nuggets the author shared is greatly appreciated. The points in this book that stood out to me was “The seasons of Life” (p.3) and how the third s
Lesa Caputo
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a hard time getting through a non-fiction book most of the time, usually I have good intentions, extreme interest, but somewhere along the line I fade. This wasn't the case with this book. I am in my 50's headed to the retirement era at some point fairly soon, so I want to do it right, any and all advice is welcome. That's not the reason this book held my interest, it was because it was fun, interesting, well written, and not just a list of chapters with lists of to-do's and advice.
What t
Karen Britton
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrive in Retirement: Simple Secrets for Being Happy for the Rest of Your Life
By Eric Thurman
I jumped at the chance to review this book published by WaterbrookMultnomah, because I am in the target audience. It was written in a very folksy, conversational style that makes you feel like you are getting advice from a slightly-older friend over coffee.
Eric does offer good advice centering around 3 key words: purpose, pleasure and peace. He ties those into the main aspects of life including mind, bod
Judy Hardwick
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a great book for anyone looking toward retirement. Eric Thurman does a wonderful job helping us think about some important things BEFORE making this life change. I love that it’s interactive with the thrive survey available on line that helps show areas that might need a little work BEFORE we retire. He delves into the aspect of our souls with such integrity. He purports that that we cannot fully thrive if the central part of us – our soul—is not healthy and energized.
I especially l
Nicole Henke
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So you THOUGHT you had it all planned out in your head for retirement. Guess what- you are WAY wrong, and it will cost you- not only in money, but in life expectancy AND in retirement happiness! Eric made me totally reevaluate the plans I had for retirement! Even though I had already made some changes, that went with this formula, there was so much more to rethink! It's not JUST money- it's what you will DO, and how old you will BE. If you want a fulfilled retirement, you need to start now, maki ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

The author, Eric Thurman, focuses his book on the final third of life. He looks
at those things that make retirement healthy and happy. He frames the positives of retirement around three principles:
Purpose, Pleasure, and Peace.
He explores issues of relationships, work or volunteering, finances, healthy lifestyle, and faith. Keeping a balance in all aspects makes for a positive retirement experience. The appen
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-book, give-away
The theme of this book is preparation. It is about the third season of life; which used to be popularly called retirement. That label isn't as popular anymore. This book is about living a fulfilling life as an older adult. "The ideal is to have long life and for those years to be rich and full." This is a quote from the author, and I can definitely agree with it! The book is filled with practical advice. There are several online quizzes available and forms at the back to be used for end-of-life ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Easy read, practical advice in regards to the simple fact that we are living longer yet most of us are failing to prepare well for retirement. And by "retirement" the author does not simply mean "no longer working"... he proceeds to provide advice for the ultimate retirement, as in end of life. It is not a how-to book in the typical sense with advice regarding investments, budgeting, and so forth. Rather he sets out to provide perspectives that cause the reader to stop, think, recognize and ther ...more
Emily Bernard
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
“Thrive in Retirement” by Eric Thurman is a practical how-to guide. While it doesn’t share ways to retire early with lots of money (haha), the book contains information about a wide variety of topics on ways one can live best in his or her retirement years. Mr. Thurman utilizes many studies and directs readers to different sources to make his point. While I can’t say I learned anything profound, if you find yourself unhappy and disillusioned about retirement, this book can help guide you to grea ...more
Cheri Swalwell
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrive in Retirement is exactly what my husband and I needed. This is a great resource, filled with lots of helpful knowledge and told in a very candid way. There are many practical applications scattered throughout as well. Highly recommend this book to people in all age groups who are working toward living well in retirement. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
Melissa Henderson
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and informative book. I have often heard retired people say that they are busier in retirement than when they were working at a job. There are many ways to enjoy retired life and one of those ways is to keep busy. Activities, family, learning a new craft, reading and more. Being involved in our retirement years can bless us and bless others. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This is my honest opinion. No review was required.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary ARC.

I feel like the author shares his thoughts more than actual facts, but in a growing amount of stories. It seems more like it is a life experience filled with added pushes of thought into the ways of retirement. Of course my heart was sad for the loss that Eric has had and I understand the want to create a book maybe even just to help cope with it. At some chapters it just felt pushed and strict instead of more connecting to everyone who would be reading.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although it had little that was new to me, I can see where this book could be very helpful and encouraging to those who have not considered the realities of retirement (even if they are already retired and stumbling with the actuality of it).
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was filled with practical, commonsense advice... very reassuring.
Lori Jorgensen
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great resource to use if your retired or getting ready to retire. Had great options and ideas for people that have trouble realizing all that retirement brings.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Steph Cherry
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eric has done a great job putting together a holistic book on retirement. He challenges us from every possible angle. Most books about planning for retirement seem to only speak on money. This one goes far beyond that. Seeing my parents decline emotionally, relationally, and mentally has been hard for me to see. There are many things outlined here that would have helped the age better if they had followed them. Eric sets you up to know what is coming at you when you retire and be able to prepare ...more
Ginger Hudock
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thrive in Retirement is an enjoyable book for those who are reaching retirement age. I thought Thurman's analogy of evaluating your life in the areas of Purpose, Pleasure and Peace as a good way to discover happiness in your third part of life. He asserts that people will thrive when all of these three are present in their lives.

He also discusses five aspects of life as being important to happiness; 1. mind, 2. body, 3. relationships, 4. soul (or spirituality) and 5. finances. I agree with all
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