146 // 10 Ways Purpose Can Change Your Life

We have touched on similar topics to this one today on the podcast recently, so this feels like a natural progression. We will also build even further on this topic of purpose in life in the weeks to come, so be sure to keep up with the podcast! This list is so important because you can’t unknow this once you hear it, and hopefully, you will be able to work this into your lives and feel the benefits.

You can not live a rich life without a core sense of purpose; a reason to keep getting up when things fail. Dr. Anthony Burrow, the author of “The Ecology of Purposeful Living Across the Lifespan”, describes purpose as the “why” that propels us forward, the reason we do what we do, the inspiration we have for being in this world.

Think about our work at Wealthquest – our mission statement is ‘we exist to empower families to live meaningful lives.’ Our aim in financial planning is to connect people to confidence that empowers them to live a meaningful life. To give generously, to have shared experience, to do the things that matter to them. We don’t just do our clients’ tax returns for the sake of doing tax returns – we do it so that we can alleviate the work that they don’t understand so they have nothing but the spirit to chase after the stuff that they care about.

Having a sense of purpose predicts a multitude of positive outcomes that allow us to overcome obstacles, find fulfillment, thrive in difficult situations, and live healthier lives.

Top 10 Reasons Purpose Can Change Your Life

10) Related to higher income over time

    • A 9-year study of 6,000 American adults showed that people who rated themselves as having a higher sense of purpose had higher incomes at the start of the study and increased their income more over time, compared to their peers who said their life felt more “aimless.”
    • When you connect your work to your purpose, you create the opportunity to make more money because you add more value, and you recognize the fulfillment your work brings.

9) Makes us more likable

  • We like people who know who they are, who have goals – people who have a zest for life because it encourages us to find that attitude within ourselves. It pushes us inward to ask ourselves who we are, and it excites us about the present and the future.
  • A 2010 study showed that people who self-reported a more meaningful life were rated by others as more likable, more desirable conversation partners, more attractive, and having more “friend” potential.

8) Helps us be more even-keeled

  • Having a sense of purpose can keep the small things from derailing your day/week/month.
  • It brings an overall feeling of balance and peace so you can weather any storm that comes your way.

7) Helps our brains resist aging and dementia

  • “After following more than 900 older people at risk for dementia for seven years, they found that those with a high purpose in life were only half as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those with a low purpose in life. These people were also 30% less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment.
  • This is rooted in the fact that when you have a strong sense of purpose, you continue to grow even as you age.

6) Helps us live longer

  • If it helps our brain resist aging, it makes sense that it would increase our lifespan.

5) Improves our health

  • Think about how much better you sleep when you had a productive day versus those pandemic lockdown days when you wandered around your living room all day.
  • Purpose in life has been shown to dramatically lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular diseases, and reduce the likelihood of developing a sleep disorder.

To get the top 5 ways purpose can change your life, listen to the full episode of The Rich Life above!

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