Searching meaning in life can make us healthy with time.
A new study reveals the relation between meaning in life, and physical and mental state of the people as they age older.
The older people get, the more they experience changes in lives.
This study appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and it creates a new hope among people to search the significance of life.
The study was conducted at the University of California San Diego School of medicine.
The senior study writer Dilip V. Jeste. Says, “Those with meaning in life are healthier and happier than those without it”.
Jeste says, “When you are young, like in your 20s, you are unsure about your career, a life partner, and who you are as a person. You are searching for meaning in life. “
“As you start to get into your 30s, 40s, and 50s, you have more established relationships, maybe you are married and have a family, and you are settled in a career. The search decreases and the meaning in life increases.”
Jeste also said, “After the age of 60, things began to change. People retire from their job and [may] start to lose [sense of] identity. They start to develop health issues and some of their friends and family begin to pass away. They start searching for the meaning in life again because the meaning they once had has changed.”
Over 1,042 adults having a successful aging evaluation from January 2013 to June 2014. The participants were the residents of adult communities in San Diego County, CA, aged 21-100+.
The results suggested that for many people, there is no further necessity to keep finding meaning at the age of 60, as they have found by the time they reached 60.
Although the physical conditions became weaker with age but were positive with presence.
The study concluded that finding meaning in one’s life constitutes a sound strategy for surviving in later years; in part, because it supports the preservation of a person’s physical and mental well-being.