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Why Canada Is Perfect For Retirement

Why Canada Is Perfect For Retirement
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Retirement is something we all stay frustrated since the time where being an adult means responsibility. While some say not everyone is meant to make money, I firmly believe that everyone is meant to make money if they’re willing to go through the hurdles of the unthinkable. We strive to enjoy a perfect retirement, we place our payments in all forms of retirement plans and we ensure to have a secure future when we have reached the point of utter serenity.

However, while the Millennials may negate the prospects of retirement, many people still enjoy the comfort of finding the perfect country to live and enjoy their time.

Canada is one of the countries which is perfect for anyone who’s planning to retire. Its ambiance and its diversified nature allow one to relax as well as participate in various activities that will serve as a memorable experience. Here are a few reasons that show why Canada is a perfect destination for anyone who’s planning to retire.

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A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa on Friday, January 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    1. A Great Place with Great Health Plans.

    The biggest concern many have is that as you age, medical expenses gets higher and higher. You take up insurances and other forms of bonds to ensure that in our old age medical expenses and bills wouldn’t be a problem; in the sense that in the future many would still be able to have a decent living despite the medical expenses.

    Over the years, America has proven to have one of the most expensive health care system, despite the enactment of Obamacare many people still can’t afford any basic health care. The reason is, America’s concept of health care despite all leeways is based on your income instead of necessity. On the contrary, like many countries, Canada provides health care based on your necessity.

    Your insurance, as well as basic social security, will definitely be enough for you to receive all the necessary medications as well as treatments needed. The ultimate importance for anyone is their health and that’s something you can be sure of to receive in Canada.

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      2. Amazing Scenery, Perfect for Adventures.

      When you do retire, the first thoughts that come to your mind is what can you splurge on? You have all the time and the finances, you have the energy required and you have all the motivation necessary to make your retirement an amazing experience. They say that 65 is the new 25, hence you definitely are looking forward to an adventurous retirement.

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      While bureaucracy is something to be mesmerized by, in Canada, however, their nature and history offers the same amount of amazement or even more. Their history of the French revolution stays strongly embedded in the corners of Quebec. Being part of the UNESCO heritage it offers the finest culture and shows the evolution of the French cuisine. However, if you stop by the empires of the British Columbia region, you would be able to be your own English person. Enjoying the finest of teas and the most delicious cakes. For some, it might bring you back to your roots.

      For the adventurous and highly spirited people, the National parks, especially the Banff national park will serve as an adventure. You will be able to find various wildlife and enjoy a nice hike up the limestones. If you’re a fan of winter sports, then never forget to take your ski’s with you. The view from Mount Norquay is something you wouldn’t want to miss.

      It’s the best of both worlds one would say.

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        3. The Huge Amount of Diversity.

        Personally, being from a family of multiple races, I find diversity a crucial part of my habitat. This same principle lies within my parents too, who are looking forward to retirement. A twist in culture and the sheer acceptance of being difference can create a great bridge. After retirement, the last issue you would want to be worried about would be living in a country with conflicts of interest and differences.

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        Canada becomes the perfect nestling point as cultural differences are celebrated instead of being prejudiced. If you’re the type of person who enjoys having “chai” for breakfast and “sushi” for lunch, then this would be the perfect place for you. The balance of culture allows you to explore different people from a unique perspective. This form of diversity gives you the bonus of indulging yourself in various festivities and being one with the nation.

        Prejudice is a strong word, however, being in Canada you would feel more at home than anywhere else because prejudice has been a minimalist perspective in that country. You will be able to enjoy peacefulness and serenity with a complete stranger, therefore perfecting your retiring experience.

        Wouldn’t you want to experience this again?

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          4. Food Will Never Be the Same Again.

          Food is an essential part of everyone’s life. The emotions it triggers and the security it provides gives you the feeling of a free-flying bird, Good food can provide one with the comfort and substance that one can’t experience otherwise. We work hard and reach the point of retirement to explore the comforts of fine foods as well as traditional cuisine.

          History has shown how food has influenced Canada to a point that it became a significant part of their identity. If you’re a fan of maple syrup, then Canada is the place for you. With their emblem of the Maple tree, they’re one of the largest producers of the finest maple syrup. On the other hand, you will be able to find the best “Game” meat as well as exquisite cheese to be paired with your food.

          Prince Edwards Island will be able to offer you an array of fine seafood, right of the harbor whilst also allowing you to enjoy the seldom popping up of whales. It will definitely be an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

          In Conclusion,

          For anyone who’s looking for a calm yet adventure-filled place to live their retirement period, then Canada offers just that. If you envision yourself experiencing a blissful lifestyle, then definitely have Canada as one of your choices.

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          Published on November 23, 2020

          How to Develop Big Picture Thinking And Think More Clearly

          How to Develop Big Picture Thinking And Think More Clearly
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          Your neighbors downstairs are playing loud music. Again. How do they not get tired of partying? And why do they choose songs with such a heavy downbeat that the glass in your cupboard is vibrating every two seconds? What can you do to get some peace that you deserve? What should you?

          Human mind tends to go in circles whenever faced with a problem without a clear solution. It becomes easy to forget the big picture and get lost in anger and self-pity, wasting our precious time, energy and enthusiasm.

          Would it not be nice if we always remembered to put things in perspective?

          Would it not be more efficient to face all kinds of problems, from tiny annoyances to life-changing emergencies, with a calm demeanor, sharp focus and fearless determination to promptly take the most efficient action possible?

          Alas, humans are not like that. All too often we let anxiety or greed get the best of us and make a rushed or shortsighted decision that we quickly come to regret. Other times, we spend weeks or months at an impasse, rehashing the exact same arguments, unable to accept the compromise required to move forward with any of the available options.

          Buddhists talk about getting lost in the “small self.” In this state of mind, we literally forget the big picture and focus on the small one. We start taking our daily problems too personally and, paradoxically, becomes less capable of solving them in an efficient manner. And this is the opposite of big picture thinking.

          Let me share with you a story related to big picture thinking…

          In 1812, the French army of Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Russia.[1] After a decisive Battle of Borodino, the capture of Moscow and therefore Napoleon’s victory in the war seemed inevitable.

          Unexpectedly, the Russian Commander-in-Chief Mikhail Kutuzov made a highly controversial decision of retreating and allowing the French to capture Moscow. Much of the population had been evacuated taking supplies with them. The city itself was set on fire and large parts of it burned into the ground.

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          After waiting in vain for Russia to capitulate, Napoleon had to retreat in the middle of a bitterly cold winter. He won the battle but lost the war. The campaign ended in a disaster and the near destruction of the French army.

          What can we learn from this historical lesson?

          1. Focus on the Consequences

          Napoleon focused on the important part: capturing Moscow. Nobody could accuse him of thinking small. Yet he overlooked that the Russian army could still fight even after giving up the country’s most important city.

          So was Moscow not an important target after all?

          Success expert Brian Tracy has a litmus test: things are important to the extent that they have important consequences. Things are unimportant to the extent that they have no important consequences.[2]

          When faced with a choice, ask yourself, what would be the consequences of each option?

          • Want to spend an hour studying or watching the new series on Netflix? What would be the consequences of each option? Netflix can sometimes be a better choice, but it helps to put things in perspective.
          • Want to maintain your apartment by yourself or to pay a cleaning service? Would would be the consequences of each option?
          • Want to meet up for coffee with this acquaintance of yours or catch up on your work instead? What would be the consequences of each option?

          The choice can be different for different people. An aspiring filmmaker may have a legitimate reason for choosing Netflix. Personally, cleaning your own apartment can be relaxing and nourishing even if the economics of hiring a cleaner looks compelling because you are earning a high hourly rate.

          This is where you will need a basic idea of who you are — what are your goals, values and aspirations.

          2. Flip Defeat Into Victory

          Kutuzov managed to turn Russia’s defeat into a historic victory by recasting the problem in a wider context: losing Moscow need not mean losing the war.

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          Despite the symbolic meaning attached to the Kremlin, the churches, the priceless treasures that had been stored in the city for centuries, the outcome of the campaign was ultimately determined by the strength of the remaining armies.

          If you can adopt this result-oriented perspective, many of your personal defeats may be flipped into victories as well. Few events in a human life are absolutely good or absolutely bad, and it usually takes many years to recognize in retrospect, what role a particular encounter did play in your story.

          Therefore we have every reason to look for the good in the things that happen to us.

          This is a very practical attitude, far from baseless “positive thinking.” After all, if something unfortunate has happened to you and you find good sides in this circumstance, you will then be better positioned to take advantage of those good sides.

          Say your noisy neighbors are affecting your productivity. What if it is a blessing in disguise? How can you turn this defeat into a victory?

          • Perhaps you are too serious about life and could learn how to have more fun. Join your neighbors or go out for a walk instead of working;
          • Perhaps you only wanted to be productive while instead procrastinated on social media. Now that your procrastination has been interrupted, stop and acknowledge this much greater obstacle to your productivity;
          • Perhaps you are too sensitive to interference. Take this opportunity to practice ignoring the noise and doing your best anyway;
          • Perhaps you have a victim mentality and the feeling of unfairness drains you more than any actual nuisance your neighbors might have caused. Try accepting this lapse in your productivity the way you would accept bad weather.

          Get used to finding opportunities in your problems. This is the quintessential big picture thinking.

          3. Ask for Advice

          Both Napoleon and Kutuzov had trusted advisers to discuss their affairs with. In general, getting a different perspective — or several — can only help inform your understanding and lead to better decisions. Just ensure that the people giving you advice are competent in the particular area where experience is needed.

          Paying money for advice can also be a wise investment. Lawyers, tax accountants, medical doctors spend years learning how to assist people like yourself in living more successful, more fulfilling lives.

          A quick legal consultation can save you a fortune down the line or even keep you out of big trouble. A medical check-up can uncover potential issues and help keep you healthy and active for years to come.

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          Even big, complex dilemmas at your job or in your romantic relationship can be tackled more effectively by partnering up with a coach or a therapist or, of course, with the help of a wise friend.

          4. Beware of Biased Advice

          Many imperfect decisions occur in response to an imperfect piece of advice that you choose to act on. This advice often comes from a biased party.

          For example, we are often encouraged to buy something that we supposedly need:

          • Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by using a special lotion.
          • Fortify your health by taking multivitamins.
          • Connect with your friends by sending them elaborate gifts.
          • Brighten your weekend by consuming a delicious pastry.
          • Become more productive by getting a faster computer.

          However, most purchases are unnecessary.

          Some, such as the sunscreen, do have legitimate benefits when used properly.[3] Others, such as multivitamins, only make a difference for a small group of people.[4]

          Advertisers of those benefits inevitably want to narrow your focus in order to overstate the importance of their product. They frequently present it as the only solution to your problem, whether real or imaginary.

          After all,

          • Skin can also be protected from the sun by wearing appropriate clothing.
          • Health can be better fortified by consuming a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.
          • Spending time or talking on the phone with your friends is the foremost way of connecting with them, and it is virtually free.
          • Your weekend can be brightened by doing something that you love.
          • You can become more productive by focusing on the tasks that have the most important consequences. A faster computer can, in fact, decrease productivity by making it easier to multitask and by enabling your favorite distractions.

          There are other sources of imperfect advice. Politicians also frequently want us to focus on a particular “big picture,” to the exclusion of the alternatives.

          Even loving parents can be guilty of the same. They can advise their children to pick a career path that is safe and respectable, based on their “big picture” that in life one has to make a living. A child may disagree, however, based on another “big picture” that one’s life has to have meaning and fulfillment.

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          Bottom Line

          It is human nature to make rushed, emotional decisions based on incomplete information, then regret those decisions later on.

          You can protect yourself from poor judgment by striving to attain the big picture when careful consideration is called for.

          Focus on the consequences of your decision before considering how you feel about it.

          Play with the cards you’ve been dealt, but look for opportunities in each situation and you will find them.

          Ask knowledgeable mentors for advice, but beware of biased people who have an opinion, but do not necessarily have your best interest in mind.

          Yet remember, true big picture thinking comes from hard-won experience. Legendary military commanders Napoleon Bonaparte and Mikhail Kutuzov were both injured on the battlefield.

          Clear thinking comes from putting your big picture to the test of reality.

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          Featured photo credit: Haneen Krimly via unsplash.com

          Reference

          [1] Wikipedia: French invasion of Russia
          [2] Brian Tracy: No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline
          [3] American Academy of Dermatology: Say Yes to Sun Protection
          [4] Harvard Medical School: Do multivitamins make you healthier?

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