People with "a high sense of purpose" are 23 per cent less likely to die prematurely from any disease, and have a 19 per cent reduced risk for heart attack or stroke, say researchers from Mount Sinai Medical Centre.
They define a purpose in life as "a sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worthwhile." And having one has a significant impact on our health and longevity, as they discovered when they analysed 10 previous studies that involved more than 137,000 people. The converse is also true, they found: those with a low sense of purpose, or who view life as meaningless, are more likely to die prematurely or suffer a heart attack or stroke.
(Source: Mount Sinai Medical Center website)