Dreams and aspirations

People with a purpose in life live longer[7][8][2]. People who have created meaning in their lives are happier and more satisfied with their lives[9][10]. It has shown to help protect against heart disease[6] and prevent Alzheimer disease[1]. People with a purpose in life have better relationships[4] and experience higher life satisfaction, pleasure and well-being[2][3]. They also handle pain better[5].

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I know how I want to be remembered.
I don't live my life just trying to please others.
I have dreams and aspirations. I have purpose in life.
I know what I want out of life.
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      Research
      • [1] Boyle, P. A., Buchman, A. S., Wilson, R. S., Yu, L., Schneider, J. A., & Bennett, D. A. (2012). Effect of Purpose in Life on the Relation Between Alzheimer Disease Pathologic Changes on Cognitive Function in Advanced Age. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(5), 499–505. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.1487. View
      • [2] Boyle, P. A., Buchman, A. S., & Bennett, D. A. (2010). Purpose in Life is Associated with a Reduced Risk of Incident Disability Among Community-Dwelling Older Persons. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry?: Official Journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(12), 1093–1102. doi:10.1097/JGP.0b013e3181d6c259. View
      • [3] Diener, E.,Fujita, F.,Tay, L., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2012). Purpose, Mood, and Pleasure in Predicting Satisfaction Judgments. Social Indicators Research, 105, 333-341. View
      • [4] MetLife Mature Market Institute (2009) Discovering What Matters: Balancing Money, Medicine, and Meaning - metlife.com. View
      • [5] Smith, B.W., Tooley, E.M., Montague, E.Q., Robinson, A.E, Cosper, C.J., & Mullins, P.G. (2009). The role of resilience and purpose in life in habituation to heat and cold pain. Journal of Pain, 10, 493-500. View
      • [6] Kim, E.S., *Sun, J.K., Park, N., Peterson, C. (2013). Purpose in life and reduced stroke in older adults: The Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74(5), 427-432. View
      • [7] Dan Buettner (2009) How to live to be 100+, ted.com. View
      • [8] Tanno K et al. (2009) Associations of ikigai as a positive psychological factor with all-cause mortality and cause-specific mortality among middle-aged and elderly Japanese people: Findings from the Japan Collaborative Cohort Study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 06/22/2009. View
      • [9] Steger, Michael F., Oishi, Shigehiro and Kashdan, Todd B.(2009)'Meaning in life across the life span: Levels and
      • correlates of meaning in life from emerging adulthood to older adulthood',The Journal of Positive Psychology,4:1,43 — 52. View
      • [10] Hagmaier, T., Abele A. E. (2014). When Reality Meets Ideal: Investigating the Relation Between Calling and Life Satisfaction. Journal of Career Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/1069072714547164 View
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