The Fastest Way to Get Healthy? Find Meaning in Life

New research on “living deliberately” cuts right to the heart of personalized health. Eric Kim is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan who is examining the intersection of health and social connections. His research reinforces the influence of leading a meaningful life on a person’s likelihood to take preventative health measures. It’s pretty simple: Someone who feels motivated to stay alive will work harder to preserve their health.

The Atlantic reported, “Kim and colleagues found that people with greater senses of purpose in life were more likely to embrace preventive healthcare: things like mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, and flu shots.” The research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Even after the researchers accounted for socioeconomic factors that predict a person’s likelihood of getting preventive care, people with purpose in their lives were clearly more engaged in their own health.”

ph360 uses epigenetic science to deliver targeted lifestyle plans that promote systemic balance in order to maximize health over a lifetime. In addition to diet and exercise insights, the web platform provides individualized results in the arenas of MIND, SOCIAL, and CAREER—the areas of life that people look to most often for meaning and purpose.

Taking a 360º approach to health, in which every component of your life is recognized as influencing your overall well-being, you’ll start to discover more about yourself than ever before. By gaining greater insight on who you are, you are able to tap into what’s most important to you. That’s a life truly worth being healthy for.

Kim’s research suggests that, “Some of the roughly $3.8 trillion in U.S. medical spending could be defrayed, it seems, with purposeful cultivation of community and meaning.” ph360’s personalized lifestyle programs are designed to support you in doing just that, via actionable fitness and diet programs, and insights as to the ideal environments and social and professional situations for optimal wellness.

Here are some of our favorite ways to find meaning and “live deliberately”:

  1. Cultivate joy. Take the time to do small things that make you happy on a daily basis, even if it’s just a few moments a day. Take a walk, check out your favorite work of art, listen to a song you love, or take a bath.
  2. Practice gratitude. Practice listing ten things you’re grateful for each morning or evening. You’ll be amazed how quickly that boosts your sense of well-being and meaning in life. Pay attention to what makes you feel good, and you’ll start to have a better sense of what’s most important to you!
  3. Spend time with people you love. Make sure you’re spending time with people who uplift you and nurture your growth and health.
  4. Give back. Find small ways to better the lives of others, whether by simply sharing a smile and a hug or by spending some time volunteering for a local cause.
  5. Take care of yourself. As you gain clarity on what’s most important in your life, your health will take increasing priority, research shows. So make sure you’re caring for your body and mind on a daily basis.

Let ph360.me help you establish healthy habits for a meaningful life!

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