Higher Sense Of Purpose In Life May Be Linked To Lower Mortality Risk

It turns out the more meaning you believe your life has, the lower your mortality risk.

Boston University researchers found that the extent to which someone perceives a sense of direction and goals in their life, or their purpose, is linked to having a lower risk of death from any cause—and this applies across race/ethnicity and gender.

The data shows people with the highest sense of purpose had the lowest risk of death (a 15.2 percent mortality risk), compared to people with the lowest sense of purpose (36.5 percent mortality risk.) The association was slightly stronger among women compared to among men, and the researchers say this could be due to the fact that women use healthcare services more than men do.