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The case for quitting your job — even if you still love it

Jumping ship could be the best way to remain productive, happy and healthy

When it comes to your work, is it time to move on?

Millions of Americans in their 50s and 60s are delaying retirement and holding on to jobs they have done for years. Many, of course, need the money. But many others say they simply enjoy — even love — what they do. And if that’s the case, why not stay?

The answer: Because jumping ship — even if jumping would seem to make little sense — could be the best way to remain productive, happy and healthy into old age.

Experts, and many older adults themselves, are discovering a downside to remaining at the same desk year after year — a tendency toward complacency, coupled with a reluctance to ask tough questions.

The good news is that those who take the leap frequently report there is more to gain than they imagined.

There’s also the fact that every job ends someday. So is it better to be ready for that moment — or even pre-empt it — rather than have it catch you unprepared?

WSJ.com