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The Power of Purpose, 3rd Edition by Richard J. Leider

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CHAPTER 14Communities With Purpose

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Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

HELEN KELLER

Fidelity to worthy purposes strengthens communities. 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. We all know people who retire without something to retire to. They have a much higher incidence of early mortality and illness than do those who have a purpose.

Research is beginning to ...

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