Purpose kid

A few days ago I stumbled upon a very simple article in The Guardian. The article is named “Does your life have a purpose or are you just a drifter? Quiz”. The quiz part of the title was the reason why I decided to read it. I remember being slightly addicted to the useless quizzes that you can find on Facebook thus this kind of fed my former addiction. This is something worth sharing, especially in the present time where many people have doubts about their purpose in life. So let’s take this quiz together.

This is a very simple quiz. To find out if your life has purpose or not you have to answer the next three statements on a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). After this, you add the score and then divide by three to get an average score.

The statements are:

1. Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them.

2. I think about the future, rather than living one day at a time.

3. I rarely experience the feeling that I’ve done all there is to do in life.

According to the study conducted by psychologist Patrick Hill, if your average is 5.5 or lower then you’re a drifter. If your average is between 5.5 and 7 then you have more purpose in life than the average American. What does this mean for you?

According to the study, people whose life has purpose live longer than the people who are drifters. The only problem with this is that the researcher didn’t give a clear explanation on this statement. What he mentioned was that in his 14 years after conducting his research, (the research was conducted in the year 2000) about 9% of the 7,000 people that did the test had died. The majority of the people in this group were, according to the test, drifters.

So now you know that if you want to live a long life then you have to make sure that that life has purpose. This of course is easier said than done.