Does having a greater sense of purpose in life improve your longevity? New research, adding to a previously existing body of research, suggests that sense of purpose is important for longevity.
This research, which relied on data from ~13,000 people, found that:
• Those with the highest sense of purpose, had the lowest risk for death (15.2%)
• Those with the lowest sense of purpose, had the greatest risk of death (36.5%)
• This association between a higher sense of purpose and a lower risk of death is likely more significant for women.
There is a need for more research to understand why this association may be enhanced for women.
The Hearty Take
Programs which would be geared to increase feelings of purpose could be a great way to reduce the risk of death and increase quality of life for those who join! Promote your own feelings of purpose by engaging in physical activity, joining a club, or participating in spirituality.