Monday 15th July 2019

    A sense of purpose could prolong your life


    The meaning of life is a question that has plagued philosophers for millennia, and there is no single correct answer. But increasingly, scientists are finding that having a sense of purpose, whatever yours may be, is key to well-being.

    Now, a study published on May 24 in JAMA Current Open adds to the growing body of knowledge on the link between health and a driving force, finding that purposefulness is tied to longer lives. Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health analyzed data from nearly 7,000 individuals over 50 years old and concluded that "stronger purpose in life was associated with decreased mortality." They believe that "purposeful living may have health benefits."

    The new research relied on data from individuals who enrolled in the American Health and Retirement Study (HRS) - longterm research that looks at a cross-section of subjects over time. The original research measured participants’ psychological well-being in 2006, their physical health and, subsequently, causes of death by 2010. The new analysis found that those whose psychological questionnaires reflected a lack of purpose were more likely to die than those who had "a self-organizing life aim that stimulates goals."

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