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December 02, 2012


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tom sightings

Love this post, b/c it is so true and so relevant. I myself have recently reinvigorated my hedonic side by joining a table tennis club -- I used to play as a kid; now I'm back at it. Next I've got to work on my eudaimonic side (and if nothing else, I learned a new vocabulary word today!)

new at this

If people really don't have to show up to a building somewhere to put food on the table, and still can't seem to figure out how to not be bored, then try slamming your finger in a drawer...Boredom will go away instantly and you will once again be grateful - not only for being financially secure, but also for the fact that your other nine fingers feel so blasted good....


Another good post. Bikram yoga ... now that sounds intense. My wife and I enjoyed a gentle yoga class last night ... I'll be my wheaton terrier's shoulders don't burn like mine do on downward dog (pun intended). Have an awesome week.

new at this

Had one more thought on this one....The Liberal Times tends to promotes a world view of instant gratification. Its therefore no surprise to see them trying to sound "intellectual" about rationalizing ones bailing on a partner when the new wears off..But this core premise doesn't metaphorically translate to the early retirement world....Anybody I've known that has been able to retire early exhibited the ability to delay gratification, stick to a plan, stay married to the same person, etc, etc....And therefore I don't buy into the idea that that boredom is inevitable...Boredom is only inevitable in the working world where you are "required" to do boring things to earn a living....In the retirement world, its completely up to you.


When it comes down to it, boredom is a choice. You choose it by not choosing to do something not boring. I'd also offer that I find bored people to be, well, boring!

My non-bored friends are, conversely, loads of fun to be around. They have energy and excitement to spare.

In my opinion, the only difference between the two groups is how they approach life.

Retired Syd

@New: I didn't read the Times' piece to rationalize bailing on your partner. This just goes to show you how two people that read the exact same article can walk away with a completely different take away. Interesting.

new at this

Syd - As a man anyway, if the below quote becomes reflective of one's marriage, there is only one interpretation available - Its time to bail.

"The idea is that when our spouse becomes as familiar to us as a sibling — when we’ve become family — we cease to be sexually attracted to each other"

This is why I don't read the Liberal Times...They actually sit around all day thinking about and spewing this garbage...


The smarter one is the faster the hedonistic adaptation and the greater effort that must be expended to keep it at bay. Of course, if one lacks smarts, one can distract oneself from the frustrations of hedonistic adaptation by slamming one's fingers in a drawer (or drinking too much, or taking drugs, or bailing on wifey, etc.).

Retired Syd

Cyclesafe: I think you have a point here. You can either deny that hedonistic adaptation occurs, or accept it and find (hopefully) constructive ways of dealing with it.

John @ Jersey Care

Tamara is absolutley right! :D what you put into life is what you get out, if you sit around doing nothing then how can you be enjoying yourself?

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