If you don't know your purpose for being then you are missing out on life… literally. As you ponder your New Year's Resolutions consider not just what, but why for each of them.
In November, Florida Hospital launched a campaign called Healthy 100. Their web site headline says,"Have
you ever thought that you could live to be 100 years old? How about
being 100 years old and still doing the things you love? It may sound
unbelievable, but at Florida Hospital, we are on a mission to help you
do just that. Through support and education, we want to help you
kick-start your journey to living a healthier, happier life."
Imagine living to be a healthy 100 year old!
At the launch event (I attended), Dan Buettner, the author of The Blue Zones, engaged us with his case studies and keys to vitality and longevity which are: Right Outlook, Move Naturally, Eat Wisely, Right Tribe. Afterward, I spoke with Dan about my work with purpose which falls into the Right Outlook category. He said to me, "Purpose is the anchor to health, yet it remains the most under celebrated aspect. Research shows that having a purpose in life adds six to seven years of longevity."
In an article Dan wrote in 2008 for AARP, Dan provides this source, “People who feel their life is part of a larger plan and are guided by
their spiritual values have stronger immune systems, lower blood
pressure, a lower risk of heart attack and cancer, and heal faster and
live longer,” says Harold G. Koenig, M.D., professor of psychiatry and
behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center, who has studied
the phenomenon broadly.
EXTRA: Watch Dan Buettner's interview with Martha Stewart in the first link.