Is the idea of retirement better than the reality of it? Are people happier when their career is over? Is it a bad idea for some people? Should it be a graduated thing over time or a ‘finish work on Friday and be retired on Monday’, type of thing? Of course, there’s no single answer to these questions but it’s safe to say that the experience of retirement, is not always the theoretical fun-fest it’s made out to be. In this chat, Dr. Ingrid Nielsen and I talk about the pros and cons of retirement, how to do it well, why some people slide into depression and the post-career need for connection, purpose, focus and challenges, combined with a level of physical, mental, emotional and social stimulation. Enjoy.