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People with a life purpose live longer

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A study of 7000 adults over-50 has found people with a strong sense of purpose in life had a lower rate of premature death, and many had better health. Using data from the US Health and Retirement Study, researchers found low purpose in life was significantly associated with all causes of death and linked to greater risk of heart, blood and digestive conditions. Further research should see what impact 'feel-good' activities like volunteering and meditation have on mortality, the authors say.

Journal/conference: JAMA Network Open

DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.4270

Organisation/s: University of Michigan, USA

Funder: The study was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

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