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Find Your Purpose

Why are you here? Yes, that's a big question, but one worth asking. "We need to have a sense that we're doing something that matters to others in some way and is meaningful to us," says Dawn Carr, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University. "Feeling younger is about having a sense of relevance in the world. It's your reason to get up in the morning and feel excited," she says. This is different for everyone: taking on work that's challenging (even if you're retired), taking care of family or volunteering.