Does having a purpose to life help you live longer?

Does having a purpose to life help you live longer?

In blue zones regions, where people literally forget to die, having a purpose in life is considered as one of the essential things you can have to live longer. To have a reason for being here, a sense of purpose and being aware of it every single day.

Having a clear reason or vision to get up in the morning. Purpose in life is also known as ikigai in Okinawa, Japan and “Plan de Vida” by Costa Ricans. Ikigai is made of two Japanese words: Iki which means being alive and Gai means to do something valuable. Ikigai is the intersection of three lists which are, what you love to do, what are you good at and what helps you in living your values in life.

You have to love what you do. You can’t be excited about doing something every morning if you don’t like it. Asking what am I curious about or what are my values in life?

Starting with finding what you love doing and further down the lane of pursuing it, you will find your purpose which is bigger than your own likes or dislikes. It’s larger than ourselves, it’s not about you anymore. It’s about starting to give back because, at the end of the day, we are all one, and we are all connected.

Finding one’s purpose is not a one-way smooth path. It’s very common to not be aware of it right away. If you can’t pursue your ikigai in a job, try to find it while indulging in hobbies or being in organizations. Leading a purposeful life has been proved to provide a joyful, full of self-awareness, longer life with no stress and fewer chances of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and many others.

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