Healthy Living Programs

For information about ways to share your purpose with others, click here for the resource guide: Connect With Your Community: Volunteer Opportunities and Social Groups.

Each person has an individual set of strengths and talents that can be used to lead a truly meaningful life. The Okinawans call it "ikigai" and the Nicoyans call it "plan de vida" — for both, it translates to "why I wake up in the morning."

Are You Living Your Life with Purpose?
Renowned Purpose expert Richard Leider asked retirees over age 65, “If given the opportunity to live life over, what would you do differently?” the majority of respondents said they would:  1) hit the “pause button” to reflect on their lives to make the most of the time they had; 2) taken more risks to pursue their dreams and life priorities; and 3) find their Purpose earlier in life. Bottom-line: everyone wants their life, ultimately, to matter.

People with Purpose live longer, have higher work performance and are happier. In the Beach Cities, we are connecting residents with opportunities to utilize their greatest gifts and talents and fulfill their Purpose journey. Purpose Workshops can be helpful for all ages, including teens, college students and those going through work or life transitions. 

Begin investigating your own Purpose by creating an internal inventory of your life. Try to articulate your values, passions, gifts and talents. What are the things you like to do and the things you don't? Then incorporate ways to put your skills into action in ways that will add meaning to your life and the lives of others.

Want to learn more, or participate in a Purpose Workshop? Led by local experts, these workshops will teach you the research behind the Power of Purpose, and how it can fill you with passion, drive and direction. You will then be taken through a series of exercises to help you uncover your own Purpose. Following the workshop, you will have the opportunity to join a Purpose discussion “Moai” (group).

Learn more about hosting a Purpose Workshop by contacting

Learn more about the other Power 9 Principles®, the healthy lifestyle habits that help residents in the original Blue Zones® areas live longer, better.

Other resources:
Richard Leider: Living on Purpose 
Easy Reader: Blue Zones workshop to explore power of purpose  
Richard Leider Explains How to Find Your Purpose