A study of 7,000 Americans indicates that having a sense of purpose, regardless of the nature that purpose, may contribute to healthy ageing and postpone death. Purposeful people appear to look after their health better, have greater physical and mental wellbeing and benefit from improved longevity.
“ …having a purpose in life appears to widely buffer against mortality risk across the adult years”.
Briggs, H. (2014). Sense of purpose ‘adds years to life’. London: BBC Health News, May 14th 2014.
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Hill, PL. [and] Turiano, NA. (2014). Purpose in life as a predictor of mortality across adulthood. Psychological Science. May 8th 2014. [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
The following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal should probably have the last word (for now, at least):
People with purpose in life ‘live longer,’ study advises. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, May 14th 2014.