A recent study conducted in Switzerland involving over 2,300 adults has found that leading a purposeful life can help combat loneliness. The study revealed that individuals who reported having a sense of purpose experienced less loneliness, regardless of their age.
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While activities involving social interactions were found to provide a sense of purpose, the study emphasizes that combating loneliness goes beyond mere companionship. It was discovered that finding meaning in life becomes particularly important for older adults, especially those in their 70s and beyond, as this is a stage often associated with increased loneliness.
Loneliness is known to have detrimental effects on health, cognitive decline, and even mortality. The study emphasizes that a sense of purpose, whether it involves a grand mission or a personal hobby, can offer significant protection against loneliness. It is important to note that a sense of purpose can be derived from relationships, experiences, and feeling connected to something greater than yourself. While interactions with others can contribute to a purpose-filled life, the study suggests that having a sense of purpose is effective in fighting loneliness, regardless of the number of people involved. Ultimately, finding meaning, even in seemingly ordinary experiences, can significantly contribute to a person's well-being and combat loneliness.
You can read more about this study here.
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