All pun intended - people with a sense of porpoise (purpose) tend to live happier, healthier, longer lives!
If you live near the ocean or frequently interact with porpoises, then I’d say your already quite happy!
For the rest of us land locked folks, having a purpose keeps us going.
There are stories of those who survived the horrible conditions of a concentration camp because they found a purpose to live everyday.
When shipwrecked, the younger sailors died first, and the older seasoned sailors survived again and again, because they had porpoise and purpose! Experience taught them that their odds of being found and rescued were good. Sometimes porpoises would actually help save their lives.
The Japanese have a word “ikigai” which means purpose in life or life worth living.
A life worth living and a life with purpose keep people healthier longer. The purpose may be large or small, but it gives the person a reason to get up, eat, and live another day.
Volunteering, caring for others, cleaning up trash; whatever gives your life meaning, engage in that activity.
Studies have shown that people who have ikigai or purpose, spend less time in the hospital, have lower risks of developing heart or blood sugar issues and live longer in general, even with underlying medical issues.
As this new year progresses, why not embrace your porpoise or purpose in life and live a life worth living!
And yes, porpoises have a lot to teach us about happiness! Just do a bit of research and you will understand.
Need help finding your purpose in life- close your eyes and think about what makes you happy or what are you doing when you feel your best? Then do more of that!
If you still need help, give me a call:)
Jessica L Hanson CHt. LLC