Science Says Finding Your Purpose Might Actually Help You Live Longer

Being motivated in life and feeling a strong sense of purpose may actually protect your heart and keep you living longer, according to a new study.

Guess I won't be needing that lifetime supply of heart-healthy Cheerios from Costco anymore.

This is the first time a study has specifically examined how feeling a purpose in life is connected to psychological health and well-being.

Maybe it's time to quit your day job.

Researchers studied previous data of over 137,000 people to analyze what effect having a sense of purpose in life had on death rates and heart attack or stroke risks.

The study found those who had a low sense of purpose and lacked motivation tended to die early or experience heart-related diseases or cardiovascular incidents.

Authors of the study say their research emphasizes the relationship between your health and a positive attitude.

When you feel motivated in life, you tend to look at the bigger picture, focus less on the daily stresses life throws at you and stay mentally fit. A clear, positive mind has a huge effect on your overall outlook and health, too.

To me, this study just goes to show how important it is to find something in life you love to do.

By exploring new passions, developing hobbies and finding a job that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out, you may be protecting your heart more than a bowl of cereal ever could.

Citations: Motivation, Strong Sense Of Purpose In Life Actually Protects Your Heart (MicroFinance Monitor)