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Having purpose in life can avoid early death

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  • Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health indicated that people who have a strong purpose in life can live longer.
  • In the study initiated in 1992 with a sample of 7000 people over 50 years of age, the participants completed a psychological questionnaire to measure the life purpose.
  • The results showed that more than twice as many people who obtained the lowest scores in the life purpose questionnaire died in the next 5 years.
  • According to the researchers, other previous studies have indicated that a stronger life purpose is associated with a decrease in the production of stress hormones and organic inflammations.
  • This research suggests that having a strong purpose in life provides confidence, hope, joy, and physical and mental health.

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