Women's Running

The Purpose of Life

On a chalkboard in American marathon record holder Deena Kastor’s California home, there’s a handwritten Picasso quote: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Ask modern day researchers for a scientific definition of purpose and you’ll get something pretty similar to the artist’s interpretation: Purpose is a long-term intention that is inspired, at least in part, by a desire to make a difference in the world beyond the self, explains Kendall Cotton Bronk,

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