A new study, led by Dr. Koichiro Shiba, assistant professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health in Massachusetts, suggests that a sense of purpose reduces the risk of all causes of mortality, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity, but the effects were more noticeable among women.
For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 13,159 adults over the age of 50 who had participated in the longitudinal Health and Retirement Study. After an 8-year follow-up period, 3,253 of the participants, 24.7%, had died.
Having analyzed the received data, the scientists concluded that individuals with the strongest sense of purpose lowered their risk of death by 15.2% compared to those with the least sense of purpose. Moreover, they found that women reduced their risk of all-cause mortality by 34%, compared to men, whose risk was reduced by 20%.