SING YOUR LIFE: Retiree Jim Hazzard is loving life and keeping busy entertaining others.
SING YOUR LIFE: Retiree Jim Hazzard is loving life and keeping busy entertaining others. Nev Madsen

Retiree reveals his secrets to happy post-work life

JIM Hazzard knows the key to a happy retirement, and it all comes down to his voice.

The former civil engineer, who spends his golden years singing in a barbershop quartet and working out, is one of the thousands of Toowoomba residents enjoying retirement.

But new research from the Elements Retirement Village has revealed one in five Queenslanders were not looking forward to life after work.

Another 20% of the 750 people surveyed admitted they had considered or gone back into work after reaching retirement.

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Mr Hazzard said on top of having plenty of hobbies, his fellow retirees should learn self-discipline.

"The trouble is when you get there (to retirement), you start to wake up and you're feeling a little bit tired so you think you'll sleep in, and then that catches up with you," he said.

"You stop doing your everyday things.

"If you're staying at home, you've got to push yourself every day, set the alarm at a certain time and you've got to get up."


Mr Hazzard said it wasn't until late into his life that he finally realised there were more important things than working.

"When I got towards retirement I started to do singing jobs around town and joined a barbershop quartet," he said.

"I stopped being a workaholic about six years ago, because I found there were other things in life is besides work.

"You've got to have something to do when you retire - I've got music at the moment and I study history as well."

Mr Hazzard's approach to retirement is echoed by Toowoomba Senior Citizens Club vice-president Maurice Howell, who said constant social interaction was vital.

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