Research shows that finding your purpose is linked to living longer, happier and healthier. Researchers surveyed nearly 7,000 older adults on the relationship between mortality and finding your purpose.
1. Participants who did not have a strong sense of meaning or purpose in their lives were more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those who had figured out their purpose in life.
2. Having a sense of purpose also reduces the incidence of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.
These results were universal, even when controlled for income, race, gender and education level.