How to Find Your Purpose—in Running or Life – Women’s Running


Purpose. Sound intangible? Even a little woo-woo? It’s not. Purpose can infuse balance into your day-to-day, help you understand what really matters (and learn how to say no to what doesn’t), and leave you more time for those just-because passions. Plus, a growing field of research finds it is also a deep driver of both physical and mental health. Living a life of purpose can quite literally change the way genes are expressed in your body for the better.

In short: Purpose can help you reach your full potential. Fortunately, there’s a formula for finding it.

Find Your Gift

On a chalkboard in American marathon record holder Deena Kastor’s California home, there’s a handwritten Picasso quote: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Ask modern day researchers for a scientific definition of purpose and you’ll…

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