Rolling up your sleeve and donating blood to help save someone else’s life will remind you that there are others more needy than you. You will also benefit from having your blood pressure, pulse and haemoglobin levels checked.


People who eat breakfast are happier, and studies have proved that early morning food has beneficial effects on mental and physical functions. The body needs to refuel after sleep, and breakfast eaters have higher concentration levels in the morning.


So remember, as long as you are still breathing, you still have time. So back to that bucket list. What can we all do to latch onto those additional seven and a half years and create meaning in our lives? Travel, visit grandkids, play golf, garden, volunteer, and read. That friend I mentioned earlier who had done everything on his bucket list and found himself bored and no longer fulfilled? He went to work as a greeter at Walmart. He is apparently as happy as he was when touring the Greek islands, largely because he was once again doing what he had done for decades in business: interact with people. In other words, not only did he have someplace to go every day, his life again had meaning, purpose. So, it looks like waking up with no purpose is a short drive to not waking up at all. Or, not wanting to. I am not quite ready to do that yet. What about you? Other ways to keep purpose in our lives is to stay socially active maintain old friendships (at least the ones that do not drag you down), make new ones, and get together frequently.

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