For some people, it can be an effort to consistently reach the healthy choice in a particular scenario, go and lie down for a decent hour instead of continuing to work or roll, pick nutritious greens over the comforting carbohydrates, take the stairs over the elevator . For others, it may seem like the simplest in the world. Why?
A new study published in Health Psychology journal suggests a surprising quality that can make these decisions easier: life purpose. People who have a greater sense of life purpose were more susceptible to health care, the study found.
The researchers recruited 220 people who currently have a rather sedentary lifestyle and probably can afford to make some health-focused changes in their lives. They completed a survey asking them to rate how much they reasoned with statements like "I have a sense of direction and purpose in my life" or "I have no good sense of what I am trying to accomplish in life." Subsequently, the various messages promoting physical activity were shown during a fMRI scanner, so that the researchers could observe which parts of their brains were activated when they saw and responded to the messages.
The people of greater interest are "a set of goals derived from a person's core values" ̵
"Decision conflicts arise in part when people are unclear about their core values and goals. Contrast, one's purpose in life is a function of goals associated with core values, giving clearer direction in an environment filled with choices and resulting conflict", explains the researchers in the paper about their results. "Target clarification is considered to be an important initial step in decision-making. Thus, people with a higher sense of purpose can experience less decision-making conflict from messages that encourage long-term lifestyle changes."
Think of it like this: When you have a clear sense of purpose in your life – something that drives you, as you want to see through, that you live for – it's much easier for you to Recognize and accept messages about your health due to how positive It is possible that participants who have a stronger purpose in life are more open to suggestions on how to live a longer and healthier life. In other words, the broader "why" provided by life The purpose can provide real motivation and openness to accept knowledge and information-based "how" messages, researchers say.
Whether you see your purpose as excellent at your job , serve the public through your work and see as much of this world as possible with your own two eyes, or take care of your family and loved ones, with a clear sense of the greater goal making it easier to see the importance of taking Take care of your health When everything is eating better, sleeping more, moving more and caring about your mental state, all are absolutely necessary to achieve your greater purpose.
So if you are someone who tends to fight to make healthy choices , it may be helpful to take some time to really think about what you are in this world to do.When you know, in the little moments when you have to decide between staying on couch On or turn on that yoga class, the conversation with your greater purpose can make your choice not only clear cut but a joy to follow through.