One of my favorite quotes: “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why” – Mark Twain.
It can sound silly to some……but discovering what makes you come alive, and finding cool, creative and empowering ways to share that with the world, is the greatest gift you can give others, and yourself as well. Pick a path – and walk it with #purpose.
Over the past two decades, dozens of studies have shown that seniors with a sense of purpose in life are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, disabilities, heart attacks or strokes, and more likely to live longer than people without this kind of underlying motivation.
Now, a report in JAMA Psychiatry adds to this body of evidence by showing that older adults with a solid sense of purpose tend to retain strong hand grips and walking speeds — key indicators of how rapidly people are aging.
Why would a psychological construct (“I feel that I have goals and something to live for”) have this kind of impact? Seniors with a sense of purpose may be more physically active and take better care of their health, some research suggests. Also, they may be less susceptible to stress, which can fuel dangerous inflammation.