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Why Downsizing in Retirement May Make You Happier – Dr. Dale Atkins (Video)

By Margaret Manning April 05, 2014 Lifestyle

Whether you are considering downsizing in retirement or just looking for ways to simplify your life, this episode of the Sixty and Me Show is for you!

In this episode of the show, I speak with Dr. Dale Atkins, a well-known psychologist and relationship expert. Her focus in on families, aging well, managing stress and achieving balance in life.

She is the author of several books. Her latest is “Sanity Savers, Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life.”

Downsizing in Retirement Could Change Your Life

Dr. Dale is a sought after speaker and often appears as a guest expert on CNN and The Today Show. She advises on topics related to family relationships. Dr. Dale is approachable, genuine and deeply passionate about women aging in a positive and life affirming way.

In this episode of the show, we talk about downsizing and disconnecting emotionally from the stuff we have collected in our lives. She shares how important it is sometimes to also disconnect emotionally from people and even places during the process of downsizing. Enjoy the show!

Dr. Dale acknowledges how hard it is to let things that have strong associated memories go. We talk about the stages of disengagement and how to get a perspective on how freedom from attachment does may you feel happier.

During our discussion, Dr. Dale explains that the main benefit of downsizing is to get to the essence of our being. We find our true self when we choose the things that align to our vision and lifestyle. She suggests that everything else remain in our memories but not in our life.

We talk about developing the independence to do what we want as we get older. We also discuss how to disconnect from the things that are holding us back. Our interview is positive and constructive. It provides an emotional road map for finding freedom.

The secret is downsizing, disconnecting and building a less complicated lifestyle.

Have you taken the step of downsizing in retirement? What impact has reducing the “things” in your life had on your happiness? Please join the conversation.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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