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Find Purpose to Motivate Your Thinking

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How do feelings of purpose affect your brain health?

A sense of a purpose in life is a strong predictor of better brain health. Enriching your day-to-day life with meaningful activities can help establish a sense of balance and coherence.


Finding a higher meaning in life has been shown to correlate with a reduction in feelings of stress and negativity. Research has shown many possible benefits for individuals who feel a strong sense of purpose, including lower levels of depression, anxiety and cognitive decline.


  • Explore your core values and how they bring meaning to your life.
  • Nurture close, healthy relationships that help you align with your purpose.
  • Be intentional about seeking out and defining your purpose in simple terms.
  • Engage in exploratory activities, like nature walks, creativity and abstract questions.

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