It can be easy to get caught up in the motions of your daily activities. You get up, get dressed and head to work each day. Or maybe your morning consists of making your kids breakfast before shuffling them off to school. But why do you do these things? The answers may seem obvious, but it’s possible your sense of purpose, or the reason you wake up in the morning, stretches beyond these monotonous tasks.
According to Blue Zones’ Power 9 principles, knowing your sense of purpose can add up to seven years to your life. One 14-year study found that people with a greater sense of purpose had lower mortality rates, regardless of factors like race, age and employment status. The same study suggests a sense of purpose is linked to longevity in all people, young and old, so realizing your purpose early in life can be important. Another study of older adults, which considers a sense of purpose to be a component of well-being, also suggests purpose is a factor in increased survival.
If you’re looking to live a longer, healthier life, start by taking the RealAge Test, which measures the age of your body—based on family history and lifestyle factors. If your RealAge is lower than your biological age, you’re on the right track. If it’s higher, there are ways to get healthy again. Get personalized recommendations for lowering your RealAge, which might include eating more legumes and adding more movement to your day.
In addition to adding years to your life, knowing your sense of purpose is beneficial in other aspects of life, as well.
Other benefits of purpose
Knowing your purpose, and what makes you most happy and fulfilled in life, allows you to surround yourself with communities that most empower this purpose.
Find your purpose
Finding your purpose is often the easy part—acting on this purpose can be much more difficult. A daily verbal or written reminder—like a mantra—may help propel you to fulfill your sense of purpose.