People Who Feel They Have a Purpose Live Life Longer
People with a sense of purpose in life have a 15 percent lower risk of death, compared with those who feel aimless, according to the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study, funded by the National Institute on Aging. But this news isn’t bleak, because the study also showed that this benefit was present whenever people found a purpose, be it in their 20’s, 50’s or 70’s. The analysis accounted for age, gender, and other factors of well-being, but the importance of a sense of purpose was still significant. Often individuals gain purpose by making something that is appreciated by others, like music, dance, visual arts, and writing.