There are a lot of important factors when planning your retirement, but don’t forget the most important: your happiness.

Financial planner Ashley Folkes, CFP, says careful financial planning and happiness are inexorably intertwined. While you can’t necessarily plan for happiness, planning for financial independence can play a crucial role in helping you achieve it.

Folkes explains some factors you should focus on to put yourself in a position to achieve your own personal version of happiness — before and during retirement.

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