Want to live longer? Have strong purpose.

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Purpose helps people live longer while lacking a strong purpose leads to shorter life according to a new study.

The mechanisms for which life purpose may affect longevity are thought to be associated with increased well-being. Previous research suggests that greater sense of well-being was associated with lower cortisol levels and lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines which decrease expression of pro-inflammatory genes. No known studies have looked at interventions in purposeful living and associated effects on inflammatory biomarkers.

Cause specific mortality was less clear vs all-cause mortality with associations evident in only heart and blood diseases, and digestive tract system disease.

The entire study may be read at Jama Network Open Journal

Alimujiang A, Wiensch A, Boss J, et al. Association Between Life Purpose and Mortality Among US Adults Older Than 50 Years. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(5):e194270. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.4270


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