Sense of purpose in life linked to lower mortality and cardiovascular risk

‘Sense of purpose in life linked to lower mortality and cardiovascular risk’,, ScienceDaily (December 3, 2015).

Randy Cohen, Chirag Bavishi, Alan Rozanski. Purpose in Life and Its Relationship to All-Cause Mortality and Cardiovascular Events. Psychosomatic Medicine, 2015; 1 DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000274

Basic mechanisms

The analysis showed a lower risk of death for participants with a high sense of purpose in life. After adjusting for other factors, mortality was about one-fifth lower for participants reporting a strong sense of purpose, or ikigai. (…) While further studies are needed to determine how purpose in life might promote health and deter disease, preliminary data suggest a few basic mechanisms. The association might be explained physiologically, such as by buffering of bodily responses to stress; or behaviorally, such as by a healthier lifestyle.

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