The NPR article is an Interesting read and, while it intuitively seems obvious, the core premise of meaning radiating out to positive health benefits is wonderful.
Core idea the article: “People who didn’t have a strong life purpose — which was defined as “a self-organizing life aim that stimulates goals” — were more likely to die than those who did, and specifically more likely to die of cardiovascular diseases.”
And this bombshell: “This association between a low level of purpose in life and death remained true despite how rich or poor participants were, and regardless of gender, race, or education level. The researchers also found the association to be so powerful that having a life purpose appeared to be more important for decreasing risk of death than drinking, smoking or exercising regularly.”
Grateful for the reminder.