How’s that search for a purpose in life coming? Are you finding frustration rather than fulfillment? Well, if friends or family members suggest you let it go, don’t let them dissuade you.
If your quest is successful, you’ll probably outlive them.
Researchers at Carleton University in Canada studied more than 6,000 people over 14 years and found that those who said they had a purpose, or direction, to their lives, lived longer — regardless of the age when they discovered that purpose, than those who said they had less direction or fewer goals.
The research, published this week in the journal Psychological Science, looks at how the benefits of having a life purpose might vary over a lifetime.
The thing they found most surprising was that having a life purpose benefitted young, middle-aged, and older people equally.
The findings suggest that we may get the maximum benefits of this the earlier we find a purpose or direction for our life.