Benefits Of Finding Your Purpose
02 Oct 2017
Did you know that not having a sense of purpose is a significant risk to your life?
According to Dr Randy Cohen, MD, medical director of University Medical Practice Associates at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City who said, after an eye-opening research “We found a 23 percent reduction in mortality and a 19 percent reduction in cardiovascular events among those people”. He was referring to the outcome of a research conducted to assess the net impact of purpose in life on all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events which was published in the journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society.
It has been argued in many different circles whether having a sense of purpose could lead to happiness and no one has been able to prove so far that it does lead to happiness but it seems that having a strong sense of purpose in life could promote good health and longevity.
While there’s no formal definition of having a purpose in life it is generally accepted that it’s a sense of meaning and feeling that life is worth living. Different societies define purpose differently but the one common trait across most societies is that there’s much more meaning to life once you know your purpose. Somehow this leads to amazing benefits on your brain, for example. “Purpose somehow gives your brain resilience,” says Patricia A. Boyle, PhD, a neuropsychologist with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. “It makes your brain stronger and more resistant to the effects of diseases like Alzheimer’s.”
It has also been seen that there’s significant evidence that suggests that people who believe their lives have meaning take better care of their health.
So, it seems that a really potent strategy for making life more successful and fulfilling is to simply FIND YOUR PURPOSE. While it sounds so cliché, the self-help industry has been touting the idea for many years, I found it quite profound that science is in support of the idea of living a life of purpose and scientists are working to prove its importance.
Spend time and effort to discover your true purpose.
In addition to the health benefits of purposeful living, it is also important to note that without knowing what your purpose is in life, you will struggle to reach your maximum potential. Your gifts, talents and abilities, as well as opportunities that will come your way, are tailor made for your purpose in life. Your potential will find an outlet for full expression in an environment that is fitted for its growth and practice.
The first step in strategically planning your life should therefore be to spend time and effort to discover your true purpose. Your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning. Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning
Your unique gifts and talents
The best starting point is to reflect on what your individual talents and gifts are. You can basically look at the needs of the world, starting with your loved ones and community and ask yourself, ‘Given my unique gifts and talents, how can I make a difference?’ What you will discover by honestly addressing this question can set you on a path to a more meaningful life, a life of purpose. When you know the purpose of your life, you tend to live a more meaningful existence than those who don’t. You tend to live each day to the fullest, because you know who you are, where you’re coming from, and where you’re going. It is such an intensely personal discovery and one that takes time and effort to discover if it doesn’t come to you naturally that why I’d like to suggest the following to help you identify what your true purpose, your true calling might be. Your calling should be able to fit within the following criteria:
- Does it utilize your natural gifts?
We each possess hundreds of skills, and nearly all of us also have some natural gifts, which often emerge early in our lives. Gifts are more than just talents; they are what make you feel fulfilled and happy. Having a sense of humor or an ability to bring joy to others, an ability to quickly compute numbers, or an aptitude for leading others are examples of natural gifts that can express your purpose.
- Does it serve others?
Your true purpose can be thought of as the urge to share your gifts with the world. When you express your gifts for the sake of others, you often experience the joy of being fully alive, this tapping into the benefits of living a life of purpose.
- Do you lose track of time doing it?
You just have to look back and identify that things that you do in your life that you literally lose track of time while doing. What were you doing the last time you experienced such absorption that you lost all sense of time? You were probably doing something that relates to your true purpose.
If you have not come to the point of finding the “purpose” for your life, you are already behind schedule, and I suggest that you treat it as both a human and an intellectual emergency. You may need to stop whatever you are pursuing right now and address first things first; find your Purpose.
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