The link between increased sense of purpose and longevity

KYW Staff
September 11, 2019 - 3:14 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We all need meaning and purpose in our lives, and studies have shown it's something that can be important at all stages. 

Having a purpose has long been known to lengthen retirees' lives, but it's critical for young adults and those who were still working to find a sense of meaning, as it increases longevity at any age. 

While researchers looked at this and controlled for positive and negative emotions, another factor might explain the link, including a theory that believes those with an increased sense of purpose may be more likely to exercise, and physical activity promotes healthy aging.