Can a Sense of Meaning and Purpose Extend Life and Overcome Illness?

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A new study published in Lancet of 9,050 people with an average age of 65 found that the people with the greatest well-being were 30% less likely to die during the eight and a half year follow-up period than those with less well being. Questionnaires were used to measure a type of well being called “eudemonic well being” which relates to a sense of control, feeling that what you do is worthwhile, and a sense of purpose. People were placed into...

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Can a Sense of Purpose Increase your Life Span?

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A new study published in Psychological Science concluded if you feel you have a sense of purpose in life it helps you to live longer, no matter what age you are. The researchers said “Our findings point to the fact that finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose.” Although previous studies have suggested that finding a...

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