What is the secret to a long life?
Scientists are saying that “having a purpose” in life will add years onto said life.
Patrick Hill of Carleton University in Canada, who conducted the study explains:
“There are a lot of reasons to believe that being purposeful might help protect older adults more so than younger ones. For instance, adults might need a sense of direction more, after they have left the workplace and lost that source for organizing their daily events. In addition, older adults are more likely to face mortality risks than younger adults. To show that purpose predicts longer lives for younger and older adults alike is pretty interesting, and underscores the power of the construct.”
Six thousand people from all walks of life were part of a 14-year study. Some admitted to wandering aimlessly while others were focused and driven. Unsurprisingly, the most focused people — the ones that had a “purpose” — lived longer. Interestingly, 9% of the subjects died in the 14 year period and those that died had reported of having a lower purpose in life.
“Purpose” is defined here by living for something other than yourself. Be it religion, your job, a kid, your folks, family, your career, whatever — life is better, and now longer, if you have a reason to get up in the morning.
Reference: Secret to a long life