STUDY: Finding Your Purpose in Life May Lead to a Longer Life

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/13 2014 10:43AM

Updated 05/13 2014 10:49AM

Are you still searching for your "purpose" in life or maybe trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up? New research indicates that finding that purpose may be the key to a longer life.

Finding your purpose in life may be really important, not just so that you have a goal to work towards, but for adding years to your life at any age.

Researchers at Carleton University in Canada studied more than 6,000 people over 14 years and found that those who said they had a purpose, or direction, to their lives, lived longer -- regardless of the age when they discovered that purpose, than those who said they had less direction or fewer goals.

The research, published this week in the journal Psychological Science, looks at how the benefits of having a life purpose might vary over a lifetime.

The thing they found most surprising was that having a life purpose benefitted young, middle-aged, and older people equally.

The findings suggest that we may get the maximum benefits of this the earlier we find a purpose or direction for our life.

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