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Finding Purpose in Life: Insights from 'Live to 100'

Welcome to the final installment of our journey through the eye-opening Netflix documentary series, “Live to 100.” If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, consider tuning in while you work out. It’s not just something to watch; it’s a wealth of valuable insights waiting to be discovered. I’m Ted Kackowski, a personal trainer at the Camelback Village, and in this series of blogs, I’ve been unraveling the documentary’s key takeaways and showing you how to integrate them into your daily life. Throughout the series, we’ve explored themes that are consistent across different episodes and regions, all with one common focus: longevity. Today, let’s dive into the concept of finding purpose in life.

Finding Purpose: It's Easier Than You Think

Searching for purpose doesn’t have to involve extravagant month-long retreats or a radical shift to monastic living. In fact, it can be as simple as caring for your family, friends, or loved ones. This doesn’t mean overburdening yourself with stress or trying to resolve all family dramas overnight. Finding fulfillment can be achieved through small, meaningful actions like donating your time or resources to a local school, church, or sports team fundraiser. Consider volunteering to coach or teach a new skill whenever you can spare the time. Supporting a friend’s small business can brighten both your day and theirs. Go the extra mile for a business client or take the time to watch a friend’s tennis match, and they may return the favor. Sometimes, just spending quality time with someone and lending an empathetic ear can alleviate their stress.

Setting Goals for Purpose and Enjoyment

Another way to help yourself and others find purpose in life is by setting personal or business goals. These goals should encompass both short and long-term objectives, and it’s essential to regularly review and update them as needed. When establishing your goals, consider the SMART rule – make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-oriented. For instance, instead of a vague goal like “finding purpose in life,” transform it into a tangible target: “In the next year, I want to learn how to play tennis, practicing 3 hours a week to be ready for matches.” After consulting with a tennis coach, you can fine-tune your goal based on their expertise. While most are familiar with health or sales goals, don’t forget the importance of incorporating fun or recreational goals into your life. Pursuits like tennis or other hobbies can help you stay motivated and savor the moments.

The Power of Lifestyle Habits

Throughout this series, we’ve encountered a wealth of research and insights. While some findings are rooted in cultural trends and history, others are supported by research articles and expert input. Technology and medical advancements have their place, but they can’t replace the decades of good mental, physical, and emotional health that certain lifestyle habits can provide. While there may not be a scientific method to prove it definitively, history shows us that these habits, which often align with our everyday activities, can contribute to healthier and potentially longer lives. So, as we wrap up this journey, I encourage you to go out there, have fun, learn new things, nourish your body with nutritious food, and surround yourself with those you cherish. In doing so, you’re not just living – you’re thriving.

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