6 Ways Knowing Your Superpower Improves Your Health
There is an old wives' tale that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There is something even better than an apple that keeps the doctor way and it isn't an old wives' tale. It is backed up with research. What keeps the doctor away? Finding your superpower. Finding your superpower is a synonym for finding your purpose. And people who know and live their purpose lead better, healthier lives:
1. Better heart health
Research explained on The American Heart Association website reported that people who have a high sense of purpose in life was associated with a 23 percent reduction in death from all causes and a 19 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks, strokes, or the need for coronary artery stent placement or bypass surgery.
2. They Live Longer
A 2009 study discovered that people who have a strong connection to their sense of purpose tended to live longer than those who didn’t. Additionally, Dan Buettner’s study of Blue Zones (areas in the world in which people are more likely to live past 100) revealed that one of the factors that most centenarians share is a strong sense of purpose.
3. Lower Mortality Risk
In 2014, researchers used data that tracked adults over 14 years and found that "having a purpose in life appears to widely buffer against mortality risk across the adult years."
4. Less Alzheimer’s risk
Dr. Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, studied thousands of elderly subjects. She, found that people with a low sense of life purpose were 2.4 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease than those with a strong purpose. Her research also documented that people with purpose are less likely to develop challenges in daily living and disabilities that impact mobility.
5. Better Pain Management
Finally, a study in The Journal of Pain documented that a higher sense of purpose can impact ability to manage pain. The study revealed that women who have a stronger sense of purpose were better able to withstand heat and cold stimuli applied to their skin.
6. Purpose also promotes healthier relationships and resilience.
The University of Minnesota has more information on the health benefits of knowing your purpose here.
For a healthier and more fulfilling life, all you need to do is find your purpose/superpower and sprinkle that magic everywhere.
Your cape awaits!