Studies show that psychological wellbeing and health are closely linked at older ages. The three aspects of psychological wellbeing are evaluative wellbeing (aka life satisfaction), hedonic wellbeing (feelings of happiness, sadness, etc), and eudemonic wellbeing (a sense of purpose and meaning in life). We’re here to help you with the latter. While a sense of purpose is objective, meaning it varies from person-to-person, it can also change with your values over time. For example, what you valued in your working life, like success or accolades, could be much different from retirement, when you may put more value on relaxation and time with family. Major life events and milestones like retirement almost force you to re-evaluate your sense of purpose. Finding a sense of purpose is important for seniors because it can actually help you stay healthier longer. That’s right, finding a purpose for living has been shown to extend your life. An illustrative analysis from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) found that eudemonic wellbeing is associated with longer survival. Simply put, people who feel a greater sense of purpose generally live longer than those who lack feelings of purpose. Additionally, higher levels of purpose in life have also been associated with better sleep quality and can reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Your purpose is the reason you do or create things. It’s what gets you out of bed in the morning–your raison d’etre. How can we find our reason for living, and more, identify our sense of purpose? In his book Searching for Life’s Purpose & Meaning, Charles Neuf recommends exploring “how and what gives you that feeling of deep connection to yourself and, by extension, to everything else.” Furthermore, Nuef says to “recognize that sense of internal fullness when it occurs and seek it out in all that you do.” Whether you’re concerned for an older loved one or you’re seeking purpose in your own life, here are seven ways to help seniors produce a sense of purpose.