For me, January is typically a time for reflection. And this year, instead of writing a list of resolutions I decided to reflect on what makes a good life.

Naturally I went looking for research studies and data…

It seems insights may be found within longevity studies, specifically from researchers of the five “blue zones”, which are geographic regions where people live longer, healthier and happier lives than anywhere else on the planet. (In case you’re wondering, the five blue zones are – Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Nicoya, Costa Rica).

These studies have found that the keys to longevity are diet, exercise, forming strong social ties, and finding a purpose in life.

Now when it comes to purpose, I automatically think about work and how it can be an expression of purpose. I also think about how much of our time is spent at work – about 90,000 hours over a lifetime according to WHO.

It becomes pretty clear that what you do for a living can have a HUGE impact on your life.

So if you’re not feeling your job, then it’s time to start looking for #meaningfulwork

Get in touch with hummingbirdcareers.com.au – we’d love to support your journey towards a long and fulfilling life!

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