Setting goals helps you live longer! These details are from Health Day News.
Researchers surveyed older volunteers about their daily activities. They were asked to rate statements like, “I sometimes feel like I’ve done all there is to do in life” or “Setting goals is a waste of time” and “My daily activities seem trivial and unimportant to me”.
Five years later, the researchers looked at the health of each participant. Turns out, the people who consistently agreed with those kinds of statements were twice as likely to have died by the end of the follow-up period. Which means that having a purpose is crucial to staying healthy.
But you don’t need to set out to cure cancer or travel the globe. Something as simple as wanting to finish a series of books, or visit a local tourist attraction, is enough.
But if you really want to get the most out of your goal – pick one that requires volunteering.
In a study, people who volunteered just 2 hours a week lived longer, recovered from illness faster, and had lower rates of depression and dementia.