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Retire Happpy! Finding Joy and Fulfilment in Retirement


ISBN: 978-981-17078-4-1
Author: Chung Yin Wah
Page: 156 pp
Size: 148mm x 210mm (paperback)
Genre: Family & Relationships/ Ageing/ Retirement



Many retirees leave the workforce without a real idea of what’s ahead. This book is a comprehensive and practical guide that will help you to transit from having a vague idea of retirement to becoming better prepared for a meaningful retirement.Many retirees leave the workforce without a real idea of what’s ahead. This book is a comprehensive and practical guide that will help you to transit from having a vague idea of retirement to becoming better prepared for a meaningful retirement.

Drawing from a wealth of research into gerontology theories and the science of ageing, policies supporting retirement, as well as resources available to retirees in Singapore, this book provides a roadmap to preparing for the practical aspects of life after work. You’ll also see how retirement can be a positive and active phase of life as you learn about the myriadsocial and learning opportunities available to retirees in Singapore.

Within the pages of this book, you will learn about the pillars for ageing well through an easy-to-understand HAPPPY framework:


Adequate finances
Physical health
YES! Retire happpy!

Learn about everything you can do to prepare for retirement and be inspired to take practical action steps in navigating your own journey towards a joyous and fulfilling life.

Praise for the book

RETIRE HAPPPY! is the first reference book you should pick up if you are looking for a comprehensive guide to begin reflecting on and planning for retirement! In this delightful volume, newbie retiree Yin Wah shares what she has gathered in her reflective journey preparing for a meaningful and wholesome life after full-time work, benefiting readers with a sound, down-to-earth guide to retire happy with adequate finances, physical health, and purpose. The book is unique in featuring relevant theories and scholarly works relating to ageing in an easy-to-understand manner, and including clear explanations of the array of policies supporting retirement in Singapore. These are enriched with real-life sketches and a useful list of available resources. Definitely a valuable read—especially for those retiring in Singapore, as well as those who want to learn more about retirement in Singapore and beyond!

Thang Leng Leng
Associate Professor of Japanese Studies
Co-Director of Next Age Institute
National University of Singapore


This is the most comprehensive retirement book I have read, suitable whether you are planning for retirement, or have already retired. Retirement is not just about financial means, although even here, Yin Wah has written an excellent guide as a layman for the layman. Yin Wah has shared many perspectives on retirement. This is a very practical book where action can be taken immediately while reading the book. Enjoy RETIRE HAPPPY!, enjoy your retirement!

Chua Boon Chuan
Financial Advisory Director, Financial Alliance Pte. Ltd.


This book paints a refreshing picture of transiting into retirement as scaling another “mountain peak” in our lives. It offers a holistic view of how we can reach this peak, enjoying the experience at the same time. Yin Wah has made this book uniquely Singapore, with support mechanisms and pitfalls to watch out for. I recommend this book as it enables us to gain broad insights and tools. I like the refreshing and practical ideas on how to prepare for a happy retirement. My biggest take-away is that preparing for retirement is like developing ourselves for another “career” of happiness in our life journey.

Sharen Tan
Senior Manager, Human Resources in the pharmaceutical industry


Yin Wah has written a remarkable book on retirement planning. RETIRE HAPPPY! is a priceless compass and road map with directions for navigating the world of life after work. It is embedded with a most comprehensive list of resources to live that life with meaning and purpose.
My thoughts and emotions flowed with Yin Wah because she shared her personal journey to retirement as well as the insights gleaned from observing her beloved mum’s and her friends’ lives during their golden years.
Whether you are an employee, a self-employed person, or a business owner, and regardless of your age; you will want to retire happy. Every home library should have a copy of this book.

Gea Ban Peng
CEO, Link Management Consultants
Founder, Agora Singapore, and Ambassador, Agora Speakers
Director, Social Health Growth


I strongly recommend this book to readers who are planning to retire soon or even younger readers who want to get some good advice on when and how to retire and sustain a fulfilling life post retirement, as this book presents a wealth of useful and practical resources.
Although I am still many years away from the official retirement age, this book served as a personal reminder for me to adequately consider all the aspects of retirement—finances, physical health, purpose, and people—in conjunction with the consideration of timing.

Er Welch
Deputy General Manager, Human Resources
Singapore Land Group Limited


RETIRE HAPPPY! covers various aspects of ageing and retirement. It includes many real-life experiences not only about retirement, but also about life rewirement! A worthy read to inspire and reflect on how we can embrace the ageing process with purpose, engagement, meaning, and relationships with people. Let’s prepare and celebrate our ageing by enjoying every moment of our lives!

Associate Professor Carol Ma
Head of Gerontology Programmes
Senior Fellow of Centre for Experiential Learning
Singapore University of Social Sciences


The Singapore Association for Continuing Education prepares retiring seniors to be fit in body, mind, and soul, promoting a culture of lifelong learning, spirit of volunteerism, and active ageing for adults, through education and enrichment, physical well-being, fellowship, volunteering, and community engagement. There is a lot we can do for a vibrant Third Age and retirement. Yin Wah’s book is not just a must-read, it’s a must-practise. Retire happpy and you will be a happy retiree!

Adrian Teo
President, Singapore Association of Continuing Education
Trainer, Second Career Planning