Retirement is considered the ultimate goal for the majority of the American workforce, and while it is certainly a fantastic experience for many people, it’s also ranked as the 10th most stressful life event, more stressful even than the death of a close friend. Why the difference in perception? When we reach our goal of ending the long period of working to maintain a certain lifestyle, it can sometimes come with a loss of a sense of purpose. The biggest keys to a happy and successful retirement are maintaining health and finding a way to feel that you’re contributing to the world or fulfilling additional goals even though you’re no longer part of the workforce. These two factors go hand in hand for ensuring a rich life after retirement.