A November 11, 2019 article written by Brett Steenbarger, published in Forbes, called “The Profound Psychological Benefits of A Purposeful Life” shared important insights. To quote,
“A growing body of research finds that purpose in life leads to greater emotional and physical health, including increased happiness and enhanced work productivity. Research commissioned by the John Templeton Foundation defines purpose as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at once personally meaningful and at the same time leads to productive engagement with some aspect of the world beyond the self.””
In his renowned bestselling book, Man’s Search For Meaning, Victor Frankl described his harrowing recollection of atrocities and survival of a Nazi concentration camp. Amidst the torture, starvation, and indiscriminate killings, he lived. The message Frankl shared was that it was his will to live, and burning desire to be with his wife and family again that was core to his survival. Additionally, his purpose was bolstered by his determination to write about and share his observations from his incredible experience and how he owed his life to purposeful existence and to urge others to seek it within them as well.
Most certainly, legacy is one of the strongest drivers of purposeful living. One entrepreneur I spoke with confirmed this and shared the main reason he founded his company, which is dedicated to connecting industry partners and funding in pursuing “nature-based solutions that remove carbon, restore biodiversity & support local communities”. His reason for shifting his entire life energy to support this endeavour was based on an imagined conversation with his young children. He said that he envisioned 16 years from no