I believe that if an individual has a sense of purpose in life, they will live longer and stay healthier. There are, in fact, studies that can confirm that to be true. Various cultures refer to it differently. Okinawans call it "ikigai" or “reason for being." Costa Ricans call it "Plan de Vida,” or life plan. Here we refer to it as our life’s purpose.
Having a purpose in life can open up opportunities to meet goals and to reach beyond ourselves in some way to define our existence. We can experience this through our work, philanthropy, family commitments, and simply helping others whenever we see a need.
It is extremely crucial to seek purpose and meaning as we grow older and venture into retirement. A strong sense of purpose can act as a buffer against stress and also help to reduce overall inflammation. All of this can help lower the chances of Alzheimer's, stroke, arthritis, and overall mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Having something to “get up for in the morning” is what I would call a purpose, and this can be so many various things. For the younger generation, having purpose may be getting good grades in school and committing to school activities and events. For the next generation, it might be making money and a commitment to your career. Then some are now finding purpose in creating a stable family environment and structure. And, finally, as we get to the years where we can enjoy retirement, we strive to stay relevant and seek our purpose as it changes over time.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s not about conquering the world anymore as much as it is fulfilling your heart's desire and being content and happy. Whether you are a student, employee, boss, parent, or grandparent, there is an overwhelming sense of purpose discovered in all of it.
I have always encouraged my children and any young people that I have coached about choosing your life’s purpose. It is as simple as following your heart. Try to quiet the noise of what others think you should be doing and look inside as your answers are already there. The hardest thing to do is to trust it.
My affirmation for you this week is;
“I will continue to live a purposeful life to stay happy, healthy, and fulfilled.”