People with a sense of purpose outlive those without a sense of purpose by:

A: 15%

People with a clear sense of purpose tend to outlive the more aimless by 15%. In a study done to determine the effect that having a sense of purpose had on aging and development, it was discovered that having a sense of purpose or direction lowered the risk of death.

This could be because purposeful people may lead healthier lives or make less risky decisions. It could also be that having a sense of direction helps lower stress.

If you currently feel aimless and without a sense of purpose, don’t worry! It’s not too late. The same study has shown that the benefits of having a purpose did not diminish with age. A person who discovered their purpose in their 70s enjoyed the same benefits as someone in their 20s.