Chapter 12How Do I Live Longer, Better?

Through compassion, you find that all human beings are just like you.

The Dalai Lama

We are born as purpose-seeking creatures. Purpose is necessary for our very health and longevity. If you doubt this, check out the rates of illness and death when people lose or give up their sense of purpose. People who retire without something to retire to have a much higher incidence of early mortality and illness than do those who have a focus.

Research is beginning to validate what many people have known intuitively all along: when it comes to longevity and well-being, purpose is working in our favor. A sense of meaning grows out of the choices that we make moment to moment. Meaning develops as we experience these ...

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