Do You Have a Sense of Purpose?

Long LifeHaving a sense of purpose in life gives you focus and direction. It is tremendously fulfilling to awaken each morning knowing where you are headed. Especially rewarding is when that purpose helps others, right?

Now there is research that shows that fulfilling your purpose can help you live longer!

Feeling that you have a sense of purpose in life may help you live longer, no matter what your age, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

The research has clear implications for promoting positive aging and adult development, says lead researcher Patrick Hill of Carleton University in Canada:

“Our findings point to the fact that finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose,” says Hill. “So the earlier someone comes to a direction for life, the earlier these protective effects may be able to occur.”

Were you one that changed majors a few times in college, or changed directions in your career path. Do you have a burning desire to do something that’s bigger than yourself, but haven’t gotten around to it, or not the right time yet? It’s never too late to dig deep into your heart, and listen to that burning desire that you’ve quieted within. If you could do whatever you wanted, what would your life look like? You may just add a few more years to do the things you’ve always wanted to do!

About Candace

Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!

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