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A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain


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Timothy Smith, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, welcomed the report."It's about time that the medical community takes the contribution of social factors to our state of health seriously," he said."Our experience is holistic," he said, referring to the connection of mind, body and spirit. Practitioners of holistic health consider the whole person and the interaction of people with their environment, instead of focusing just on specific parts of the body or illness.The finding of "a direct link between having a purpose and brain function and the deleterious effects of a stroke is awesome," said Smith. "And it should absolutely prompt people to start holistically addressing the social factors involved."

Perhaps the meaning of life is to find meaning in life. 

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