We’ve all heard how important it is to continue to feel purposeful once you’ve stopped working. But did you know that a sense of purpose could add years to your life? A recent Everyday Health article (“How to Live a Purposeful Life After Retirement,” December 2015) discussed the results of a recent study, published in Psychological Science, which concluded that having purpose in life might promote longevity.
Conducted by researchers from Carleton University in Ontario and the University of Rochester in New York, the study tracked the physical and mental health of more than 7,000 adults ages 20 to 75 for 14 years. People who felt they had a purpose outlived those who did not. Experts suggest that being grateful for what you have, as well as giving yourself things to look forward to, is the key to living a purposeful (and hopefully long) life. Some suggestions for how you can continue to be fulfilled once you enter retirement are:
Volunteering is also a great way to remain purposeful once you retire. A recent U.S. News article (“7 Reasons to Volunteer in Retirement,” November 2015) explored why retirees are especially suited to giving back:
Being fulfilled, making a difference and feeling useful don’t have to end once you say goodbye to the office.