Living with Purpose

What does it mean to live with purpose?


At some point in your life, you have likely wondered, "What is my purpose?" While the question is common, the answer is far more complex and often feels elusive. Simply put, living with purpose means living an intentional life. People who live purposefully often experience a greater sense of well-being and happiness. This means you must identify your dreams. What is your passion? What ignites the fire within? To live with true purpose, you must understand your personal values and live a life that supports your belief system. Yet, you must challenge self-limiting beliefs and be willing to take action when those beliefs undermine your purpose. When you let go of the need to be validated by others, do things that challenge and excite you, face your fears, and take action, you will begin to live a life full of purpose.

What are the benefits of living purposefully?


There are a number of benefits to living a life with a sense of purpose. Researchers continue to find numerous health benefits to people who live with a strong sense of purpose. Studies show that living with purpose contributes to:

  • Improved memory and executive functioning
  • Promotion of resilience in life.
  • Better self-reported health and resilience to stress.
  • Better self-image and overall well-being.
  • Improved mental health.

Identifying your purpose and how to live a life that honors that purpose may help you experience greater satisfaction in life. You owe it to yourself to take the next step to live the life you deserve.

Is it too late to find my purpose?


According to research published in Psychological Science, living a life with a sense of purpose may help you live longer, no matter what your age is. Their findings supported the notion that no matter when you discover your purpose, you may experience increased longevity!  Additional research supports that living with purpose consistently predicted lower mortality risk across the lifespan with benefits to all age groups. The fact remains that people of all ages can benefit from leading a life of purpose.

Do you have any tips for living purposefully?


There are many simple things you can do right now to help you begin living a life with greater purpose. These simple steps can get you started. Write down the following:

  1. What brings you joy?
  2. What is important to you?
  3. What qualities does the person you want to become have?
  4. What can you do today that will help you become that person?

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