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Living A Meaningful Life May Help You Age Well

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May '20

Do your daily activities add meaning to your life?

When researchers asked people over age 50 whether their day-to-day tasks were worthwhile, they found an interesting correlation. Individuals who rated their activities as the most worthwhile also had higher vitamin D in their bodies, walked nearly 20-percent faster, and were more likely to report sleeping well.

The study concluded that taking part in activities you consider to be worthwhile — as well as having a sense of purpose in life — may support happiness and better health as you age.

Most adults learn through life experiences that focusing on worthwhile activities can provide satisfaction and peace of mind, and the new research offers additional reasons for finding meaning in life.

Creating a meaningful lifestyle

Finding meaning in life has a highly personal connotation for every individual. For some people, spending time with grandchildren and other family members makes life special. For others, creating homemade gifts may keep life interesting and meaningful.

If you’re looking for additional ways to add meaning to your life, what are some activities you can consider?

CONNECT TO YOUR COMMUNITY.

For those who enjoy helping others, volunteering is a way to give back as you build a connection with your local community. Numerous non-profit organizations continually seek volunteers in a variety of capacities. If you spend a little time researching, you’re sure to find a match that allows you to use your skills and talents to help others and bring additional meaning to your own life.

Organizations like Senior Corps, for example, offer a variety of volunteer positions, including mentoring students and supporting teams of disaster relief workers.  Senior Corps currently lists several available positions in the Lincoln area.

SPEND TIME WITH OTHERS.

Research has found that socializing may boost our well-being in a variety of ways, including reducing the risk of dementia and supporting brain health. If you feel that you’re too busy to get together with friends and family members, consider setting aside time — for their benefit and yours.

To keep in touch with friends at a distance, you can use FaceTime, Skype or other communications apps to catch up. If you spend time on a daily walk, you can make it a social occasion by inviting a friend or family member to join you. Meal times are also a prime opportunity for spending time with the people you care about.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW.

Lifelong learning offers a variety of benefits as we age, and the internet has made continuing your education easier than ever. If you enjoy keeping your brain active and you’re curious about the world around you, consider signing up for a class or two — either online or in person. For in-person education, The Commons in Lincoln provides a range of lifelong learning opportunities, including guest lecturers.

PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES YOU LOVE.

If you have a hobby or activity you enjoy, you already have a source for adding meaning to every day. Whether you prefer reading, art, music, fitness or travel, pursuing your avocation can help make life feel worthwhile. Participating in your favorite activities also can provide opportunities for engaging with others. By joining a class or activity group, you can enjoy your hobby as you meet interesting new people.

With so many options for adding meaningful activities to your life, why not get started today?

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