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3 - Why Does Having Purpose Matter?

from Part I - Caring For Your Mind

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2023

Elizabeth Eckstrom
Affiliation:
Oregon Health and Science University
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In Sardinia, which is a Blue Zone, older people are walking cane-free, sometimes miles to their work place. They are engaged in meaningful work to support their families. Humans need purpose in their lives. In Sardinia, that greater cause is the wellbeing of their family, community, and environment. They walk, work, and interact with purpose. The need to create purpose is an essential element that can vastly improve our chance for health, fitness, and joy as we age. Understanding the critical role that having a purpose brings to our lives is the place to start. This chapter outlines strategies to find purpose: The key to finding purpose is to be doing something—not just for yourself—but for others. Chapter outlines action plans to find your purpose.

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The Gift of Aging
Growing Older with Purpose, Planning and Positivity
, pp. 18 - 21
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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