Purposeful individuals live longer, but is this because they make healthier choices or because their approach to achieving goals in a meaningful way keeps them from being affected by the stress that causes disease and brings harm to so many? Researchers are trying to find out about the correlation between purpose and longevity. But regardless of the answer, it certainly makes you want to live less aimlessly.
Especially as people get older, it is important to have a real reason to wake up every day, to get out of bed, to live life intentionally. Because Evolved Medical knows that a long life without health and vitality is no life at all, we are very interested in this subject. We want our patients to feel good, to achieve new levels of mental and physical well being, and to participate fully in all the years of their lives.
A long term study based on a survey compiled by the National Institute on Aging called MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) charted the lives of participants over the course of decades. Those who agreed with the statement “Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them” and disagreed with “I live life one day at a time and don’t really think about the future” were more likely to outlive their contemporaries who answered those survey questions differently. After controlling for other factors that affect longevity, like age, gender, and emotional health, a sense of life purpose turned out to be a significant variable.
According to the data, you can adopt purpose at any time and affect your longevity. This means you can start now, identifying your life’s purpose, your goal, and not only will it give meaning to your days and years, but it may extend them.
Perhaps you did not find your purpose in your twenties, as you began a career, nor in your thirties as you were in the thick of family life, or even in your forties, as the momentum of your career and life just carried you forward – but in what direction? Now, in your fifties or sixties, is it finally time to come to your true vocation? It could mean going back to school to study what you really love and make use of that new knowledge to benefit others. It could mean volunteering, which has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health. It could mean perfecting a physical or artistic skill, or spending time with family and friends, or engaging in a life of spirituality. Purpose does not look the same to all people. But among many of those in the study who outlived their peers, considering the future and acting accordingly was a common factor.
We cannot ignore the fact of aging and act as if our bodies are not changing. We must embrace this one life and take care of our body and mind. You may find it necessary to tend to your health in order to pursue a life’s purpose through treatments such as platelet rich plasma therapy, hormone replacement, or nutraceuticals. It is a two-way street. Maintaining your health will enable you to pursue your purpose more successfully, and the pursuit of that purpose will support your physical and mental health.
Evolved Medical takes an interest in these subjects and in each person we meet professionally. If you live or work in the San Francisco Bay area or Monterrey, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Call (888) 925-4568.