And though the word “relationships” began sounding like a mantra, not all of them are created equal.

“Friendships and maintaining them outside of the workplace is every bit as important as socking another $500 into your 401(k),” Finke said. “The one relationship that does not provide greater life satisfaction in retirement is the relationship you have with your children. This is a bit surprising. The frequency of contact with your children is not a source of greater life satisfaction. Even the depth of the relationship is not a source of life satisfaction as it is with your spouse and as it is with your friends. I see a lot of retirees thinking they’re going to spend a lot more time with their children, and that relationship is going to deepen in retirement, when the reality is there’s not a whole lot of data to back that up.”

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