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grand living

Living a life of purpose: the fountain of youth
BY BOB AND JUDITH WRIGHT

H

ow would you like to live a life of
more happiness, more fulfillment,
and more joy? How would you like
to build stronger connections with your
spouse, family, friends, and coworkers?
Would you like more energy and greater
health?
Surprisingly, the secret isn't a new diet,
a magic pharmaceutical solution, or a
total life overhaul.
It's about living life with a sense of
purpose.

The good news is that we don't need to be a championship coach to have a sense of purpose. We don't
need to be a President or CEO of a major company. We
don't need to be famous. We don't even need to be the
best grandparents, spouses, parents, or friends. Having
a purpose really means purposeful living moment by
moment of each day. Purpose means orienting to the
"why" of our life in what we are already doing. It's within
each of us to live a life filled with meaning and purpose. Living a purpose-filled life leave us feeling sharper,
younger, more vibrant, and more fulfilled.

Are you lobotomized?

What's a life without
purpose?

Bear Bryant was the national championship
football coach for the University of Alabama.
He lived and breathed his football career. After
playing college ball when he was younger, he
immersed himself in coaching and eventually
became one of the greatest, if not THE greatest college football coach of all time. Bryant stated time and time
again that football was his purpose and that when he quit football, he would die. He simply couldn't imagine his life without the
sport.
At 68, he decided to retire after setting numerous records and
leading his team to many victories. Famously, in an interview on
his last day, a reporter asked him, "What are you going to do
now?"
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"I don't know," he said, "probably croak in a week."
Surely as he predicted, within four weeks of quitting football,
he experienced a massive heart attack and died. Doctors said they
were amazed that Bryant, as a heavy smoker and drinker with a
severe heart condition, had been able to work as he did for so
many years.
So, what was driving him to stave off the effects of his heart
condition for so many years while he flourished as a coach in a
high-pressure, high-intensity sport like football? A sense of purpose.

Neuroscientists have discovered purpose is truly the
secret to living longer, healthier lives. Purpose is essentially the fountain of youth. When we're living a life of
purpose, our brains are sharper and light up with more
activity in the prefrontal cortex.
Want to know if your prefrontal cortex is working?
Ask yourself if you ever:
* Procrastinate
* Have difficulty focusing on a task
* Struggle to make decisions
* Put off healthful behaviors until later
* Feel lazy, tired, lethargic, uninspired
* Desire sameness and routine
* Struggle to adapt or modify your actions based on results
* Experience emotional outbursts when your routine
is disrupted
Believe it or not, these are all symptoms displayed by someone
who has undergone a frontal lobotomy!
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