Updated: Aug 15, 2019
Have you ever noticed how some people seem to have an easier time sticking to their health and fitness goals (or really, ANY goal they set their mind to)?
Well, a new study shows that it might be because they have a strong sense of life purpose. Researchers from the Communication Neuroscience Lab at the Annenberg School theorize that having a strong purpose can make it easier to make healthier decisions. Their study was published in the medical journal Health Psychology.
The scientists recruited 200 sedentary people who had body mass indexes falling into the obese or overweight category. Each participant took a survey measuring their feelings about their life purpose. Researchers then showed them health messages promoting physical activity while their brain responses were measured.
Their findings? People who reported a stronger life purpose were more likely to agree with the health messages, plus they showed less activity in the areas of the brain that are associated with processing conflict.
The takeaway? Self-development gurus always say to "find your why" – the driving reason you truly want to achieve your goal in the first place.
When your "why" fits into your larger purpose, it helps keep you focused and on-track. Here are a few "why’s" that have been powerful motivators for people:
You want to be able to play and be active with your kids (or grandkids!)
Your energy is dragging and you feel like you’re missing out on quality of life
You’ve had a health scare and it’s time to take control
You’re ready to go out and feel confident with your friends and look and feel your best
An adventure vacation has been on your bucket list and you want to be ready to enjoy it!
So what is YOUR why??
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