As many know our lifespan is affected by a lot of different things: our environment, what we intake, our relationships, etc. But did you know it is also affected by our life’s purpose?
An article on the Huffington Post’s website follows a study led by Patricia A. Boyle, Ph.D., a researcher from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, which was conducted on 246 patients over the course of 10 years.
The study required patients to undergo “cognitive and neurological testing once a year for 10 years” and revealed “that people who have a ‘greater purpose’ in life are also more likely to have slower rates of mental decline, even as plaques and tangles developed in their brains.”
Finding our purpose is more than just giving us something to do, it drives us to live a little longer and accomplish greater things. The important thing to remember is that we don’t just need one purpose. Our life’s purpose should grow and change with us.
When we accomplish something we move onto the next thing.
If you find yourself struggling to find your life’s purpose, start paying attention to suggestions from others and your thoughts – an open mind can help you consider things you may not have considered before.
Listening to spontaneous feedback from others, considering the things we love to do regardless of pay, and taking time out of the day to quietly think are all wonderful ways to consider our next moves in life.
This weekend try opening up a little more to suggestions and try taking some time to think and reflect on what you truly love to do – you just might surprise yourself!