Mitch Albom Shares Why a Sense of Purpose Can Lead to a Longer Life

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Playing Having a Sense of Purpose Could Lead to a Longer Life?

Author Mitch Albom joins The Doctors to discuss how having a sense of purpose may lead some to live longer lives.

The best-selling author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” and host of the podcast “The Tuesday People,” explains how the subject of his famous book, Morrie, continued to have a purpose even while he was battling ALS at the end of his life.

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He feels many older people -- especially those who retire -- are faced with the question of, "What do I do now?" and he says having a sense of purpose that goes beyond a hobby and one's past career can lead to a longer life.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho agrees with Mitch explaining that one's physical and mental wellbeing is oftentimes tied to their purpose. 

During his time with the subject of his famous book, Mitch was told by Morrie, "Giving makes me feel like I'm living," and the author explains that during his last days Morrie would often spend his days listening to others tell their story instead of sharing his own.

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When it comes to finding and having meaning in life, Mitch tells The Doctors, "It begins with giving to others," and also says we should all be trying to make time for others now, rather than later. He says the goal is to be able to look back on your life at the end and say, "I lived a good life."

Hear more from Mitch on his podcast, where he shares a different recording he made with Morrie as he was dying and discusses what we can all learn from them. Plus, check out his new book "Finding Chika."

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