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Many of us struggle to find our purpose in life.
A sense of purpose gives you a reason for being here. It’s the idea that your life makes sense, that you matter in this world.
Research suggests that a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life is also associated with better physical and mental health.
Having a life purpose is a buffer against stress, anxiety and depression. It can help keep frustrations in perspective and help you cope when faced with challenges.
A sense of purpose can also help you take steps to live healthier. In a study of older adults, a greater sense of purpose was associated with greater use of preventive health services and spending less time in the hospital. One study even found that individuals who feel that their life has meaning tend to live longer.
A sense of purpose goes beyond creating a healthier and happier life for yourself. It can propel you to help others and do great things in this world. It changes other people’s lives for the better.
Only about 25 percent of Americans adults report having a clear sense of purpose. How can you discover your purpose in life? Here are tips others have used — maybe one will work for you:
Finding your life purpose doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a lifelong journey. There are times when you’ll get caught up in daily pressures, but don’t let yourself lose sight of the things that are worthwhile to you. You’re here for a reason. Part of your journey is finding out what that reason is.
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