Research has made it pretty clear that a sense of purpose and direction in life is connected to a longer lifespan and enhanced wellbeing. In one study, scientists ranked people’s purpose scores based on responses to a questionnaire. They followed the people for 14 years afterwards and found that those with the highest score for purpose lived longer. This was true regardless of age and emotional or psychological wellbeing. Instead of waiting for retirement to determine your purpose and really enjoy life, why not start now? Start the process of healthy aging immediately by locking down your goals and direction in life.