Hello, 2018! It’s a new year. Whether you embrace or eschew New Year’s resolutions, you may want to take note of the research on purpose.
Dr. Victor Strecher spreads the word about how purpose has a positive impact on health and wellness.Last year, I learned a lot from Victor Strecher, a behavioral scientist in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, about purpose.
When his daughter Julia died at age 19, Strecher reframed his life purpose and tackled it with abandon. He began to research and spread the word about how purpose has a positive impact on health and wellness.
What is purpose? Well, it’s living in a way that aligns with what we deeply value. It’s bigger than a goal; in fact, it may be unattainable.
It turns out, feeling that your life has meaning can give you longevity. Strecher writes in his book, Life on Purpose, that “affirming core values has been shown to reduce resistance to improving physical activity and diet, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol consumption and excessive sun exposure, among other self-improving behaviors.”