Have a Strong Sense Of Purpose & Live a Longer Life

Written by on February 18, 2015 in Health, Longevity & Life Extension with 0 Comments
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Steve Taylor Ph.D | Wakeupworld

purposeDo you have a strong sense of purpose and direction in your life? If you answer yes to this question, then you may have a 15% higher chance of still being alive in 2028. That sounds crazy, but it’s based on research…

In 2000, more than 6000 people were asked this and similar questions. Then in 2014, researchers at the University of Carleton in Canada did a follow up study. They found that, over those 14 years, around 9% of the participants had died. They also found that people who reported a strong sense of purpose were 15% less likely to be amongst those who had passed away. This applied to every age group. If they reported a strong sense of purpose they were 15% more likely to still be alive. (1)


And in a study published just this month, researchers at University College London found that, for people over the age of 65, a sense of purpose and overall well-being meant that they were 30% less likely to die over a period of eight and a half years. This study followed over 9,000 English people and found that, at the end of the eight and half year period, only 9% of people in the highest category of well-being had died, compared with 29% of those at the lowest level of well-being. Those who reported the highest level of fulfilment lived, on average, two years longer. (2)

But why does a sense of purpose have such a positive effect on our mental and physical well-being?

I would suggest four main reasons.

Why Purpose Not Only Enhances Well-Being But Can Extend Our Lives

Motivation.

It’s easy to lose motivation in our lives. Sometimes we might wake up in the morning and ask ourselves, ‘What’s the point of all this?’ Waking up, having a shower, eating breakfast, going to work, day after day… But with a strong sense of purpose we never ask that question. We always have a motive and a reason for everything we do.

Orientation.


In a similar way, sometimes we might lose our sense of direction in life. The world is a big place, life is long (even longer if you have a sense of purpose) and there are so many possibilities open to us. So sometimes we might feel that we’re not where we’re supposed to be, not heading in the right direction, and feel confused and disoriented. But with a strong sense of purpose, this is much less likely. We know exactly where we are, and exactly where we’re going

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