Dr. Deborah Smith Quoted in Wallethub

Dr. Deborah B. Smith, Chair of the Sociology Department, was recently quoted in Wallethub’s “Ask the Experts” section regarding satisfaction in retirement:

What is the biggest mistake that people make when planning their retirements?

“The biggest mistake is not thinking about how they want to spend their time for the long-term. Once people today enter retirement they may have 20 to 30 more years to live. Americans should give some thought to how they ideally want to spend their time after they leave their career job. Leisure and volunteering activities are considered the two main pursuits for retirement. There is a wide variety of options for both. A conscious decision should be made to pursue activities that bring joy”.– Dr. Deborah B. Smith, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri-Kansas City

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