Research published in Psychology Science, journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that having a sense of purpose in life, no matter what your age, may help you live longer.
“Our findings point to the fact that finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose,” says Patrick Hill, lead researcher from Carleton University in Canada. “So the earlier someone comes to a direction for life, the earlier these protective effects may be able to occur.”
Although their research consistently predicted lower mortality risks for people with greater purpose in life, it is still unclear whether having a purpose might lead people to adopt healthier lifestyles, thereby boosting longevity.
One thing is clear: It’s not too late to find your purpose, if you haven’t yet.