Blue Zones Project has set up a purpose workshop from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Georg Fischer Central Plastics-Innovation Central Facility, 39605 W. Independence, in Shawnee.

Why is purpose important for health and longevity?

Okinawans call it ikigai, and Nicoyans call it plan de vida, but in both cultures of these Blue Zones, the phrases roughly translate to, “Why I wake up in the morning.” Studies show people with a clear goal in life or something to wake up for every morning live longer and stay mentally sharper than those who don’t. When people use time, gifts and passions on things that are truly important to them, they are living with purpose.

What can expected to gain from a Purpose Workshop?

A certified facilitator will guide participants through an interactive workshop that places attendees on a purpose journey. The workshop is appropriate for all individuals age 15 years and older. In the workshop, participants will clarify their purpose and set goals that will help them live a more fulfilled and intentional life. Each will navigate transitions in their lives, discern gifts and talents, identify passion, and reflect on their values. The group will be equipped with the tools needed to create daily purpose practices in order to continue the journey to discover and express purpose in the days, weeks and years beyond the workshop.