Thrones star: ‘Maybe they leak stuff on purpose’

Game Of Thrones star Richard Dormer has hit out at “annoying” leaks about the TV show and suggested some could be done on purpose.
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In New Season of ‘Westworld,’ Violence Serves a Purpose

The HBO series “Westworld,” returning for its second season, is intended to spark discussion about human behavior and technology, and according to its creators, the show’s copious bloodshed is part of that.
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Nanette Lepore: Partying With a Purpose

PARTY CENTRAL: Nanette Lepore has designed an exclusive collection of party clothes for her web site, launched in time for the holidays. The line went live today at nanettelepore.com.
Twenty percent of all profits will be donated to Unidos Por Puerto Rico to help those affected by the devastating hurricanes.
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Asked about the impetus of the collection, Lepore explained that her life-long friend who is Puerto Rican called her a few weeks ago in tears over the plight of her family and all of Puerto Rico. “The lack of humanitarian aid and infrastructure repair dollars is a sad commentary on the priorities of our government. The people of Puerto Rico are still waiting in long lines for food and water, power in many places is not expected back until late December,” said Lepore. She said that classrooms have been obliterated and children can’t go to school for lack of power and plumbing.
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Exposure Therapy and the Fine Art of Scaring the Shit Out of Yourself On Purpose

Inspired by new research on “facing your fears” as a cure for PTSD and phobias, I set out to see whether climbing a mountain could cure my fear of heights.

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A Dog’s Purpose Author: Additional Footage of Dog Stunt ‘Paints a Different Picture’

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A Dog’s Purpose author and co-screenwriter W. Bruce Cameron says a controversial video that appears to show a German shepherd being forced into turbulent water on the set of the movie is misleading and doesn’t tell the whole story.

In a statement released Friday, Cameron said he initially found the footage “shocking” but questioned the intentions of whoever was behind it. “If the people who shot and edited the video thought something was wrong,” he said, “why did they wait fifteen months to do anything about it, instead of immediately going to the authorities?”

Having reviewed additional footage from the day in question, Cameron said “it paints an entirely different picture.”

According to Cameron, “The dog was not terrified and not thrown in the water — I’ve seen footage of Hercules earlier that day joyfully jumping in the pool.” The dog only balked after being asked to perform the stunt from a different side of the pool than was rehearsed, and he “happily did the stunt when he was allowed to return to his original spot.”

Cameron conceded that “mistakes were made” during production of the film but added, “the reason American Humane certifies that no animals were harmed during the making of the film is that no animals were harmed during the making of the film.”

The filmmakers behind A Dog’s Purpose first came under criticism Wednesday, when TMZ published a video in which Hercules is seen clawing at a pool’s edge and trying to get away as a trainer attempts to force him into churning water. Off-camera, a voice can be heard chuckling at the dog’s resistance and saying, “You just got to throw him in.”

Director Lasse Hallstrom and voice actor Josh Gad, neither of whom were on set for the incident, both said on social media they found the video disturbing, and PETA has called for a boycott of the film.

Distributor Universal Pictures canceled the weekend premiere and press junket while producer Amblin Entertainment continues to investigate the incident. The companies said in a statement Thursday,”While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking. We continue to support this film, are incredibly proud of it and will release it for audiences nationwide” on Jan. 27.


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Josh Gad Responds To ‘Disturbing’ Leaked Video From ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Set

On Wednesday, video footage from the set of “A Dog’s Purpose” was leaked online, leading many to call the film’s treatment of animals into question. 

Among those who spoke out about the video was actor Josh Gad, who voices the dogs in the film. In a post on Facebook, Gad said he was “shaken” after watching the video. 

“As the proud owner of a rescue dog and a fervent supporter of organizations like PETA, I have reached out to the production team and studio to ask for an explanation for these disturbing images,” he wrote.

In the clip, which was obtained by TMZ, a crew member or dog trainer is seen forcing a German shepherd into rushing water. The dog appears visibly distressed as it attempts to claw its way out of the situation. The dog continues to resist the trainer but eventually gets in the water. It then ends up submerged for so long the handlers rush over to the dog in the stream, telling the crew to “Cut it!” 

The film’s director, Lasse Hallström, also spoke out about the footage. 

“I am very disturbed by the video released today from the set of my film ‘A Dog’s Purpose.’ I did not witness these actions, which are unacceptable and would never happen with my knowledge,” he said in a statement. “We were all committed to providing a loving, respectful and safe environment for all the animals in the film. I have been promised that a thorough investigation into this situation is underway and that any wrongdoing will be reported and punished.”

According to Deadline, the dog and handler seen in the video were hired by Amblin Entertainment (the production company behind the film) from Birds & Animals Unlimited. The Huffington Post has reached out to BAU for comment and will update this post accordingly. 

BAU’s practices have been called into question before by PETA. The animal rights organization has also called for a boycott of “A Dog’s Purpose” after seeing the footage.  

PETA is calling on dog lovers to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props,” they said in a statement obtained by People. 

After the video surfaced, a representative for Amblin told TMZ the dog, named Hercules, was not forced to complete the stunt in the scene and that he had “several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure [he] was comfortable with all of the stunts.”

The production company added, “On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.”

You can read Amblin’s full statement below:

A DOG’S PURPOSE, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures, is a celebration of the special connection between humans and their dogs. And in the spirit of this relationship, the Amblin production team followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals.

While we continue to review the circumstances shown in the edited footage, Amblin is confident that great care and concern was shown for the German Shepherd Hercules, as well as for all of the other dogs featured throughout the production of the film. There were several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure Hercules was comfortable with all of the stunts. On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the American Humane Association, the group responsible for ensuring the safety of animals on film and TV sets, told The Associated Press they are investigating the situation

Universal Pictures did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment.  

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Marvel’s New She-Hulk Reminds Us That Anger Can Serve A Purpose

In 1980, Marvel introduced a new character to its canon that deviated from its norm. Neither a brawny male hero nor a tiny, big-haired female damsel, She-Hulk was brought in as the cousin of Bruce Banner, gaining his anger-filled transformative powers after a blood transfusion.

She-Hulk’s character is a criminal defense lawyer who’s smart, savvy and levelheaded ― except when she’s not. Bursts of anger turn her into a bulkier, greener version of herself, which she chooses to inhabit permanently in one Marvel storyline. She-Hulk, née Jennifer Walters, eventually becomes part of the Avengers and, in a 2008 comic, forms a group of women fighters called the Lady Liberators that includes Storm and Spider-Woman.

In “Hulk #1,” an installment of Walters’ story released by Marvel at the end of last year, She-Hulk becomes a better-rounded character. She’s taken the place of her cousin, Bruce, who’d recently died in Civil War II ― a major event in the series. Barely surviving herself, she spends much of the issue coping with post-traumatic stress, reconciling her roiling inner feelings with the work she must focus herself to accomplish.

“I think it’s a great topic for a superhero story, because every heroic event has a next day and consequences,” “Hulk #1” writer Mariko Tamaki told The Huffington Post, adding, “I think these consequences dig into the human element of being superhuman.” 

Reflecting on the human element of comic book characters is something Tamaki is comfortable doing. Her graphic novels Skim and This One Summer both feature heroines who grapple with young adulthood, body image and general feelings of isolation. The latter is regularly challenged in schools for its incorporation of adult themes in a book for young readers.

“In the big picture, the experiences of women, the social issues relating to women, are important to me. When I write, I try not to reinforce stereotypes about how a woman should be ― in terms of size, in terms of appearance, in terms of what is ‘appropriate’ and so on,” Tamaki said. “I want the characters I write to feel ‘real’ and I want them to mirror the diversity of experiences that make up being a woman in the modern Western world.”

So, her Jennifer Walters isn’t just a one-dimensional “She-Hulk” expected to be always simultaneously strong and appealing. Instead, she’s both, in turns, and she’s dealing with issues unrelated to her gender: trauma and the death of her cousin, an injustice that spurs, yes, more anger.

Asked whether she wanted to confront the stereotype that woman expressing their anger are villainous in her work, Tamaki said simply, “I think anger, fear and pain are interesting things to write about. They are a key element of stories about the human experience. What’s a good story without a little rage?”

Read an excerpt of “Hulk #1” below:

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Meaning and Purpose: Quantified and Customized!

Series: Find Your Purpose
Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President.
Graphics by Cerina Gillilan

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This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns.

Jackie felt a lack of meaning and purpose as a deep sucking feeling in her stomach. It was a constant drain on her, a deep hole in her center that she just did not know how to fill. She went through the motions of life – going to work, doing house chores, browsing the internet, hanging out with friends – but didn’t feel there was any point to it all. She felt stuck and trapped, going through a meaningless and fake existence, with no way out to a better world.

Oh, Jackie certainly sought to gain a sense of meaning and purpose, many times. Her family, friends, and church members kept trying to convince her that faith in and service to god was the ultimate purpose of life. And she wanted to believe, she really did! But even as a child, Jackie felt something missing in that perspective, and started to feel that unease in her stomach. She grew more and more disillusioned in her teenage years, and the unease grew into a deep pit. She just didn’t feel that serving god was really meaningful for her, it just didn’t ring true – finding the truth was really important to her, more important than faith. The efforts of her family and church members to convince her only pushed her further away from them. Nobody was happy.

Then she learned about the idea that you can find a rich sense of life purpose using a science-based approach. She even learned that studies showed those with a deep sense of life meaning have much better physical and mental health! She was very surprised to learn that there are paths other than religion or tradition to having a meaningful life.

However, Jackie was skeptical. Jackie wanted to trust the claim that science can provide the answer. After all, throughout her life, Jackie was always driven to find the truth, no matter what the cost. She always questioned her family’s commitment to an unwavering faith in god, there were some stories in the Bible that just didn’t ring true to her. Over time, Jackie learned that the best way that humans know about to find the truth was through science. Yet the idea that you can use a science-based approach to find meaning and purpose in life went against all she learned growing up. Her parents, her church, and the mainstream media all told her that science can’t answer life’s big questions.

Moreover, Jackie knew that scientific research may apply to most, but far from all. Scientific studies on how to find meaning and purpose in life offer strategies that fit most study participants, but what if she was an outlier? This is one major reason for why she participated in the Quantified Self movement from her teenage years. Quantified Self is a movement devoted to using personal data on one’s own physical and mental health and applying these findings to one’s own body and mind, as opposed simply to trusting research studies whose conclusions applied to the majority of study participants, but far from all. This was an important part of Jackie’s search for the truth and applying this truth to her life, and Jackie kept diligent track of what she ate, her exercise routine, and her mood through journaling and various other instruments.

And Jackie felt that meaning and purpose was too important to her to leave to findings that applied to the majority. She didn’t want to place her hopes in something that she couldn’t be confident in as being right for her in particular. She was burned too many times already in trying to find meaning and purpose using other means. She didn’t want to be burned by science, too.

That’s why she was so excited to discover the Meaning and Purpose Questionnaire (MPQ)! This is a research-informed tool used to quantify your own sense of meaning and purpose and customize science-based strategies to your personal search for meaning and purpose. The questionnaire helps you evaluate your current sense of meaning and purpose across a variety of spheres shown by research to correlate with a strong meaning and purpose in life. Doing so helps you see any spheres where you in particular have a gap in your meaning and purpose, and take specific steps to target that area.

For instance, question 8 asks whether you have social connections that help you experience meaning and purpose in life. This is an important question, since social connections is something that research shows corresponds strongly with a sense of meaning and purpose. If the MPQ reveals a gap in this area, you can focus on meaning-making activities meant to help you gain social and community connections. That might include joining local groups and associations to get a stronger sense of community belonging, or cultivating stronger relationships with your friends and family, whatever gives you personally a more powerful boost in your sense of meaning and purpose.

As another example, question 6 asks whether you engage in social service that helps others have better lives. Studies indicate that various forms of service to our society, ranging from volunteering and philanthropy to political engagement and social justice activism, contribute to a rich sense of meaning and purpose. Social service does so by causing us to experience a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves and also by enabling us to help others. If the MPQ shows a lack in this area for you, then you can choose to engage in a wide variety of social service activities, ranging from volunteering in soup kitchens, donating to charity, or participating in local politics.

As you start out working actively to enrich your sense of meaning and purpose, take the MPQ every few days. Doing so will help you see how well you are doing in various spheres relevant to meaning and purpose, and revise your meaning-making activities as needed based on the results. Later, as you gain greater self-understanding and a richer sense of meaning and purpose, shift to taking it weekly.

Jackie was so excited about the MPQ that she took it daily for the first couple of weeks. She learned so much about herself she didn’t know! Her own major gaps lay in failing to take the time and effort to self-reflect regularly on her sense of meaning and purpose and lacking activities that served others.Taking the MPQ regularly and thinking about the results helped her with the first. So did taking a free online class offered by Intentional Insights on finding one’s purpose using science-informed strategies. For the second, she took up volunteering at a local homeless shelter and donating money through Giving What We Can, an organization that identifies the most effective charities combating global poverty.

Jackie’s MPQ score grew higher and higher, and that deep sucking pit in the center of her being slowly filled up. She gained more and more confidence in science-based strategies, quantified and customized to her life. She gained peace and balance, a better relationship with her family and social circle, and a feeling of deep meaningfulness in her daily existence. She also impressed her family and friends by sharing about the MPQ with them, and some of them began to employ this science-based instrument to gain richer meaning and purpose in their lives as well. She felt really happy about providing such benefits to those closer to her.

If Jackie’s story resonates with you, I’d like you to consider the following questions:
1. What benefits, if any, do you think you can get from taking the MPQ and the free online class?
2. Do you think it would be helpful for you to quantify your sense of meaning and purpose? If not, why not? If yes, how would it be helpful?
3. What do you think you can gain, if anything, from customizing science-based strategies of finding a rich sense of meaning and purpose to your life?

P.S. After the publication of this article, one reader shared with me her experience with the MPQ, and I hope you find her experience helpful in deciding whether and how to do the MPQ for yourself.

P.P.S. For additional resources, check out this workbook with exercises on finding meaning and purpose using science-based strategies; this free science-based web app to evaluate your current sense of meaning and purpose; this free online class on finding meaning and purpose using science; and the wide variety of other resources on meaning and purpose available at Intentional Insights.

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Bio: Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is an author, speaker, consultant, coach, scholar, and social entrepreneur specializing in science-based strategies for effective decision-making, goal achievement, emotional and social intelligence, meaning and purpose, and altruism – for more information or to hire him, see his website, GlebTsipursky.com.

He runs a nonprofit that helps people use science-based strategies to make effective decisions and reach their goals, so as to build an altruistic and flourishing world, Intentional Insights. He also serves as a tenure-track professor at Ohio State in the History of Behavioral Science and the Decision Sciences Collaborative. A best-selling author, he wrote Find Your Purpose Using Science among other books, and regular contributes to prominent venues, such as Time, The Conversation, Salon, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He appears regularly on network TV, such as affiliates of ABC and Fox, radio stations such as NPR and Sunny 95, and elsewhere.

Consider signing up to the Intentional Insights newsletter; volunteering; donating; buying merchandise. Get in touch with him at gleb[at]intentionalinsights[dot]org.

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Finding Your Purpose: The Secret Sauce of Success

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Not many people can say they’ve worked the same job for 75 years. Add to that such a deep affection for the work that it never grows old.

This describes Japanese sushi master Jiro Ono.

On two separate transcontinental flights recently my seat mates mentioned the film, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” a documentary about Jiro Ono and his tiny sushi-only restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, unassumingly tucked away in a Tokyo subway station.

My fellow air travelers were headed to Japan and had plans to dine at Jiro’s restaurant, which has become a sort of pilgrimage. With only 10 seats, reservations must be made months in advance and diners pay top dollar (starting at 30,000 Yen) for an experience compared to a symphony in its composition.

He’s earned his success. Each day, even at 85, Jiro heads to his restaurant to strive for ever purer expressions of his art. But he doesn’t give a hint of being burned out, stressed, or ready to retire. And despite his global acclaim, he hasn’t expanded his restaurant or tried to build bigger. Instead, his love and dedication to the purity of his craft fuel his ambition.

Jiro’s story (you can find it on Netflix) stands out as an example of the healthy stamina that comes from having a pure motive for hard work and dedication to one’s career.

The secret sauce for Jiro’s success seems to be a good amount of talent, passion, and persistence. “Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with it. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success,” Jiro says. He certainly lives his advice after beginning his profession at 9 years old and hardly spending a day away from the kitchen since.

This example may sound like an anomaly in a day and age where job-hopping is the new normal for ninety-one percent of millennials, who, according to Forbes, change jobs every 4.4 years. And while their preceding generation of baby boomers were more interested in finding job security and starting families, millennials are more concerned with job satisfaction and finding real meaning, happiness and purpose in their work.

You might be asking, how can I know my purpose and find satisfaction in my career — and what if I never find it?

Those who define their purpose by achieving wealth or rank will eventually discover these outward markers don’t truly satisfy. Whereas aims that exceed materialistic goals bring a higher, more satisfying meaning to success. And seeing one’s purpose in direct relation to our God-given talents — in other words, defining ourselves in spiritual terms — can be a game-changer.

A friend of mine changed jobs many times throughout his career. He’s a Gen-Xer, between a baby boomer and a millennial. His multiple job changes, while supporting a young family, were at times extremely challenging both financially and personally. He wondered where he belonged and what his place was in the world.

As a deeply spiritual person, my friend is in the habit of finding answers through prayer. So he prayed to see the “golden thread” that didn’t just tie his many jobs together, but pointed to God’s hand in his life. He learned that it was his God-given qualities that brought consistency and value to his work, such as humility, honesty, trustworthiness, joy, clarity of thought, compassion. It was his expression of these qualities that not only promoted him, but also protected him while in and out of the workplace. With this understanding, he increasingly valued what he brought to his positions. Eventually, he had the courage to start his own business.

My friend studies Christian Science, which is the practical application of the laws of God and Christian qualities in daily life. He continues to glean insight from this idea today: “… business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity” (Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 128).

Today, my friend is happier than he’s ever been with his work, in part because he knows deep down that his satisfaction isn’t derived from his career choice but rather from how he’s chosen to see himself through the lens of Spirit. His spiritual perspective freed him from the limitation of job titles and credentials.

Each one of us can, like Jiro, work diligently for a purer expression of our craft. And we can find the satisfaction and well-being that come with a deeper, spiritual view of our identity and purpose. Then our careers can’t help but flourish.

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With average life expectancy now approaching 80, Americans can look forward to spending almost two decades enjoying retirement. That free time can seem heavenly at first—until the days stretch on. “[After] the honeymoon stage comes the disenchantment stage,” says Dr. Sara Yogev, psychologist and author of “A Couple’s Guide to Happy Retirement.” “People feel like everything is purposeless. They can get depressed, and we would like to avoid that stage.”

Discovering your purpose—your driving force—is a proven way of escaping that emptiness. “From what we know from research, those that have a sense of purpose are happier,” says Dr. Yogev. “Their adjustment to retirement is better and their marriages are happier.” What’s more, studies show that retirees with a defined, actionable purpose have improved cognitive function and a reduced risk of stroke.

Of course, uncovering your fundamental motivation is no small task. We asked Dr. Yogev for tips on how to get the ball rolling.

1. Write your values and interests down
Nothing helps crystallize your thoughts like seeing them on paper. Take time to contemplate your strongest-held interests and central beliefs. Then, rate them. No, really. “Put them on a scale and rate them 1 to 10,” suggests Dr. Yogev. This exercise will help you prioritize what’s most important to you, which can guide you toward your essential purpose.

#2. Ask yourself how you want to be remembered
Contemplating your legacy—the accomplishments that live on after you pass—is key in resolving your reason for being. “Imagine your grandchild is talking to his own grandchildren about you. What is said? Would he say you were generous and kind? Would he say you were reliable?” asks Dr. Yogev. These questions can help guide you towards finding a purpose for which you will be proud to be remembered, and is compatible with who you are and how you are seen by others.

To help this exercise along, remember your own mentors and idols, and consider modeling your behavior after theirs. “Think about people you admire and respect. Who are they? What is it that they do that might be realistic for you to do, in some way?”

#3. Enter your state of flow.
According to Dr. Yogev, a state of flow is, “when time goes by and it flies, since you’re so immersed what it is you do.” For some people, it’s a social engagement. For others, all it takes is a favorite solo activity, like fishing or reading. Dr. Yogev asks, “Is it a stamp collection? Is it when you write or paint something? Maybe it’s when you’re with friends.” Consider the details, and use them as a guide toward finding your purpose: “What are you doing? Who is with you?”

#4. Don’t confuse purpose with passion
While your purpose and your passion can match up, they might not. “Be careful with the word ‘passion,'” says Dr. Yogev. “Passion is stronger than purpose. Most people have or can find something that gives them purpose, but isn’t necessarily something they feel passionate about. Expect to find a sense of purpose in retirement, where you feel needed, valued and contributing—but not necessary passion. Fewer people find passion most find purpose.”

For example, you may be passionate about rescuing elephants in Africa, but it may not fulfill you as much as volunteering at the senior center. Volunteering may make you feel useful and valued, but you might not consider it a passion. Ultimately, “You want to feel a sense of productivity,” she says. “As long as you feel productive, and it’s something that gives you a sense of appreciation, [you’ll be fine].”

#5. Remember: Your purpose is your own.
If you and your spouse share similar purposes, that’s fine. However, it’s important not to enter retirement believing they must mesh. Dr. Yogev says, “We cannot force or impose our values on a spouse. He/she needs to find one for themselves. Don’t force each other to do what is meaningful to you.”

Not only will this give you the freedom to choose your own path, but it will provide fuel for your marriage. “Give enough space,” she urges. “It can make a couple’s life richer. When you have dinner together, you have something to talk about.”

#6. Devise a plan of attack.
When it comes to purpose, “It’s important to be able to translate something you’re interested in to action mode, to a timeline,” says Dr. Yogev.

In other words, it’s nice to have dreams and goals, but to make them a reality, you must create an actionable strategy, complete with concrete dates to meet objectives. If your purpose is to teach English to immigrants, for example, you might set time aside to research local programs, and then choose an exact day to begin volunteering. “Be specific in your actions,” says Dr. Yogev. “Otherwise, nothing happens.”

#7. Find a compatible organization.
Once you have an idea of your purpose, motivate yourself by seeking out similarly minded people. “I’m a big proponent of volunteering—helping yourself by helping others,” says Dr. Yogev. “Find a cause or activity you care about, and find ways to engage in it.” To get you started, here are a few of our favorite philanthropies, clubs, and groups catering to older adults:

  • Encore.org: As stated in their FAQ, Encore, “advances the idea of leveraging the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world.”
  • SCORE: Formerly the Service Corporation of Retired Executives, this non-profit pairs mentors with small businesses, to the benefit of both.
  • Senior Corps: The U.S. government’s main service engine for older adults includes Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companions, among many other groups.

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A ‘Purpose in Life’ May Extend Yours

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Are You Getting Your Purpose and Your Process Mixed Up?

Figuring out your life’s purpose — what you came here to Planet Earth to do — is a massively scary undertaking. In fact, it can turn even the most headstrong entrepreneur into a quivering, commitment-phobic mess.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

You see, we’ve been looking at this purpose thing all wrong. We’ve been defining it too narrowly. We’re forcing ourselves to fit into a neat, little box and thinking that that’s where we’re supposed to stay for the rest of our lives.

But that ain’t the case.

The reason for all this confusion and angst is that we’re getting our purpose and our process confused.

So what is ‘purpose’?

Your purpose is the BIG HAIRY thing that you want to accomplish in your lifetime. It’s the change you want to effect in the world. When you’re old and grey and reminiscing on the years gone by, it’s the thing you want to be able to say ‘WOW, I did that’.

Your purpose is broad enough to take you in different directions.

It’s got enough scope that you can achieve it in a number of different ways.

And it’s expansive enough that it can be reinterpreted and reimagined at different stages of your life.

But it’s so, so connected and engrained in your being that once you’ve tuned in to its siren song, it will always be your guiding light.

Which is different to your ‘process’…

Your processes are the things you do to follow through on your purpose. The things you do to bring it to life. So for us heart-fuelled entrepreneurial gals, that means our businesses.

There are many, many different processes you can use to bring your purpose into form. And that’s where we get tripped up.

We think that being a life coach or a doctor is our purpose, but it’s not. That’s simply the way we’re fulfilling our purpose.

Both a doctor and a life coach could have the same purpose: to heal others and help them on their journey. Or they could have very different purposes: to inspire others to live their dream life (coach) and to educate others about their physical beings (doctors).

The key takeaway is that each of these professions is just one path to the overall end goal. Once you discover your greater vision, the options for how you bring this purpose to fruition are endless.

My own journey

It’s true what they say — life doesn’t unfold in a straight line. My journey has been a squiggly one, sometimes with full-blown loop-de-loops. Yet, with the benefit of hindsight, I know that everything I’ve done has been a manifestation of my purpose. It just took me a while to figure this out.

Firstly, I studied marketing, media and communications in my business degree. I wanted to help companies achieve their goals. Then I went on to study event operations, convinced I wanted to help businesses create mind-blowing experiences for their customers. Then I sidestepped and started studying speech pathology, because I wanted to help people communicate. And meanwhile, I’d also started a blog to help guide people on their spiritual journey.

Talk about a melting pot of processes! It wasn’t until I finally sat down to plan out this year’s big business goals that I finally saw through this hodge-podge of passions and realized what my underlying purpose was: To help raise the vibrations of the world.

Connecting the dots and having this massive ‘aha’ moment filled me with relief. My endless career chopping-and-changing wasn’t because I was flaky and indecisive; it was just that I was trying to find the best way to align with my true purpose.

So as I planned my next business move, instead of being filled with angst over where I wanted to be in 10 years time and trying to figure out my life-long career, I was able to focus on just one question:

How was I going to fulfill my purpose right now?

Phew! What a relief to realize that I didn’t have to waste time trying to guess what Future Me wants to do! Because I sure as hell don’t know the answer to that question.

But I can definitely answer it for me, right here, right now.

I want to fulfill my purpose by helping female entrepreneurs create real and viable businesses doing what they love. And I want to do it through coaching, consulting and kick-ass information products.

Cue the fireworks and champagne corks!

It’s the perfect combination of everything that’s led me to this point — my experience, my education, my passions, my interests. And best of all, it lights me up. In an incandescent, chest-swelling, heart-thumping kinda way.

I knew I was on to something big.

But…

It might not be what I do forever.

Hell, it might not even be what I do next year. I know that this is just one permutation of my overall mission, and although I’m loving it right now, I also know that it will grow and change and evolve into the next wave of delivering this vision.

It’s not the be all and end all, it’s just one manifestation of what I’m here to do.

Maybe it will morph into something bigger — perhaps an ecourse, or a book, or a full-blown bricks-and-mortar center? I don’t know yet. But that’s cool because I know that right now, I’m living on purpose.

And figuring that out has changed everything.

So tell me, what’s your purpose? And what process are you using to bring it to life right now?
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New Discovery: Having a Life Purpose Keeps You ‘Stayin’ Alive!’

In the “all things are connected” department, a large-scale longitudinal study has found that people who have a sense of purpose live longer. The research, published in the journal Psychological Science, found that those who had died over the course of the study had reported lower purpose in life and fewer positive relations than did survivors.

Summarized in a report from the Association for Psychological Science, the study also found that having a life purpose consistently predicted lower mortality risk across the lifespan, whether for younger, middle-aged, or older participants.

According to the lead researcher, Patrick Hill, the findings indicate that creating “a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose.” The study examined data from more than 6,000 people, including their self-reported level of purpose in life, across a 14-year follow-up period.

The study also found that a sense of purpose had similar benefits regardless of retirement status, a known mortality risk factor. And, that the longevity benefits of life purpose held up even after other indicators of well-being, such as positive relations and positive emotions, were taken into account. “These findings suggest that there’s something unique about finding a purpose that seems to be leading to greater longevity,” says Hill.

Can You Create a Sense of Purpose?
I think he’s right, but it’s more likely that they are interwoven factors: A sense of purpose is likely inseparable from a positive spirit about living, which infuses both physical and emotional wellbeing over the long-run.

So how can you create a sense of purpose within today’s turbulent, often confusing world? Most people acknowledge there are “parts” of themselves — desires, imaginative capacities — that remain stifled or dormant. Family experiences and conditioning into your beliefs and values often result in a limited, constricted definition of who you are. For example, I often see people who are outwardly successful in their work or relationships, yet feel hollow or unfulfilled. They report feeling “off-track” in some way, or incomplete. They ask if they’ve been on the “wrong” path — the wrong career, the wrong life partner. This reveals their longing for a meaningful sense of purpose in life.

You always retain the ability to open your consciousness to what you want to really live for. Purpose is different from “happiness,” which fluctuates with daily life events. It’s more of an underlying sense of fulfillment, a feeling of integration and direction that transcends life’s disappointments or successes, even. When you’re living in accordance with your life’s purpose, the above fluctuations are simply what you will encounter along the road. They don’t distract you from your larger vision, beckoning you.

Those who have a sense of purpose share some common themes. One is that they aren’t very preoccupied with self-interest, their ego-investments in what they do. Another is that they use their mental and creative energies to serve something larger than themselves. Here are some ways you can learn from them and work towards discovering your own purpose.

Back Off and Tune Inward
Your purpose might be right in front of your eyes but you don’t see it, like looking for your missing keys when they’re in plain sight. Back off to a larger perspective, from outside yourself, and look inward. You might recognize an inclination or leaning that’s always been inside you. Reflect on whether it meshes with what you’ve been doing in your way of life and commitments. Do the latter serves something of meaningful value to you, over the long-run?

Learn From Your Choices and Their Consequences
Your “successes” or “failures” over the years tell you where you’ve been in harmony with yourself — or not. That’s a good indicator of your life purpose because both your good and bad life experiences are lessons: They teach you what you’ve been trying to express throughout your life, directly or indirectly. They can reveal your longings, your inner vision, and show where you’ve gotten “off-track” from your true purpose.

Get on the Path
When you feel a pull towards something more in synch with who you are, internally, pursue it vigorously, with great intent, whether it’s something material or spiritual. Different ways of life embody one’s purpose, for different people. But always look for the feedback your actions give yourself, for guidance. You’ll learn from that feedback if it’s the true path for you or not.

Stretch Yourself
Build momentum towards your emerging sense of purpose by stretching yourself towards it. Create a vision of what it looks like. Imagine it’s a powerful magnet that’s pulling you along a path towards it. Identify what you can do each day that brings you closer. Trust what your heart tells you, especially when your mind says otherwise (“No, you shouldn’t go there; you can’t do it; you won’t be able to learn how”).

Pursue It With Love

Infuse your actions with a spirit of giving, of service. In effect, with love. When expressing your life purpose, think of yourself as giving love for its own sake, without regard for seeking to be loved back or looking for a “return on investment.” Just pursue your purpose with a sense of giving to it, for itself.

The Sufi spiritual leader Hazrat Inayat Khan, who brought his teachings to the U.S. and Europe in the early 1900s, described awakening to your purpose in an interesting way. He wrote that one:

… may suddenly think during the night, “I must go to the north,” and in the morning, he sets out on his journey. He does not know why, he does not know what he is to accomplish there, he only knows that he must go. By going there, he finds something that he has to do and sees that it was the hand of destiny pushing him towards the accomplishment of that purpose which inspired him to go to the “north.”

Seeking your purpose in the form of something larger than yourself, that beckons you, while keeping short-term self-interest at bay, makes you more likely to find and fulfill it — while living a long, healthier life.

Douglas LaBier, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Progressive Development, and writes its blog, Progressive Impact. dlabier@CenterProgressive.org. For more about him on The Huffington Post, click here.
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