1. Have a sense of purpose and meaning
Make every day meaningful.
Oxford University suggests that a meaningful life lessens the effects of aging. Research by Patrick Hill and Nicholas Turiano found that people who have a sense of purpose or direction in life outlive their peers.
In fact, people with a sense of purpose had a 15% lower risk of death compared with those who said they were more or less aimless.
And it didn’t seem to matter when people found their direction. It could be in their 20s, 50s or 70s — even when controlled for other factors that affect longevity, such as age, gender and emotional well-being.
The study found that a sense of purpose led to a longer life. Explore “6 Ways to Find Meaning and Purpose for This Stage of Life.”