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Purpose in Life Brings Longevity

Purpose in Life Brings Longevity

Want to live longer? Then you better have a really good idea of what you're living for.

In a study of older adults, those who lived a goal-driven life were 57 percent less likely to die during the 5-year study period -- compared with those who didn't have much direction or purpose.

How a Purpose Protects
Are you making plans for the future? Is there something that you're actively trying to achieve? Does your life have meaning? A resounding yes to these questions could mean you get more time on earth to accomplish things. Having a purpose in life was so helpful in a study that it even appeared to improve the longevity of people with depression, disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or financial difficulties.

Other Tools for a Longer Life
Having a purpose in life can boost your emotional well-being—which in turn may lower the risk for chronic disease. Stay young, active, and driven with these additional live-longer habits:

Take the first steps to growing younger and healthier with the RealAge Test.

Medically reviewed in April 2018.

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