The Science

The preliminary data from a randomized control trial found the there was a statistically significant increase in purpose (p < 0.003857) and happiness (p< 0.00717) in the group that used Next Stage Purpose versus the control group. Given that purpose in life has such a massively positive impact on so many areas of human life the benefits of using Next Stage Purpose for individuals we think is self evident. Full results of the trial will be available in the summer of 2014. The following is a summary of what cutting edge scientific research says are the positive benefits of having an increased sense of purpose in life.

In adult populations, purpose was found to be a significant predictor of overall life satisfaction (Zika & Chamberlain, 1992; Peterson, Park & Seligman, 2005; Thoits, 2012) and is positively correlated with psychological well-being and positive affect and negatively correlated with psychological distress and negative affect (Zika & Chamberlain, 1992). Purpose has also been shown to have a strong relationship with positive self-concept, (Phillips, Watkins & Noll, 1974; Reker, 1977; Bigler & Neimeyer, 2001) and has been significantly positively linked to self-esteem, a sense of mastery and physical health, while it is negatively associated with psychological distress (Thoits, 2012). Purpose has also been linked to Time Competency, Self Actualizing Values, Self Regard and Nature of Man on the Personal Orientation Inventory (POI) Scale (Phillips, Watkins & Noll, 1974). Purpose in life has been associated with overcoming life crises and stresses (Stevens, Pfost & Wessels, 1987, Debats, Drost & Hanson, 1995; Jim, et al., 2006). Purpose is also vital for a successful and fulfilling career (Dik, Steger, Gibson, & Peisner, 2011).

Greater purpose in life is also associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment in the elderly population. Higher levels of purpose in life were also shown to reduce the deleterious effects of Alzheimer’s pathologic changes on cognitive function for people who already suffered from the disease (Boyle, et al., 2010). Thus, elderly people with purpose in life will exhibit better cognitive function even as they suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (Boyle, et al., 2012). Moreover, greater purpose in life is also associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality among community-dwelling older persons (Boyle, et al., 2009; Sone et al., 2008). There also is a general positive relationship between purpose in life and good cardiovascular health (Sone et al., 2008; Skrabski et al., 2005) and it has been shown that purpose in life could be a protective factor against myocardial infarction among high-risk groups with coronary heart disease (Kim, et al., 2013). Purpose in life in the elderly has also been associated with higher levels of HDL cholesterol, lower hip-waist ratio, and significantly flatters slopes of salivary cortisol (Ryff, et al., 2006). In addition, in a randomized control trial it was shown that purpose in life significantly reduced depression in people over 50 (Westerhof, et al., 2010).