7 Ways People With A Purpose Live Differently 

DEJAN PATIC VIA GETTY IMAGES

While the little things in life can certainly make your day, a growing body of research says keeping your eye on the long game can make a major difference in how much you enjoy your life.

One recent study found that living your life with a sense of purpose could make you less likely to rely on external validation (in this case via Facebook “likes”) for your well-being.

What motivates you is entirely up to you. But understanding your own priorities, knowing what you are working to accomplish and being committed to meaningful causes can help balance your sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

“It’s not really about what the content of a person’s purpose is, but the strength of it ― how much they’ve committed to the idea that there’s something that they’re pursuing,” study author Anthony Burrow, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University, told The Huffington Post.

It’s important to note that having a sense of purpose is different from having goals, Burrow added. Goals are pursuits you can accomplish, he said. “Purpose is sort of an overarching direction for which you use to organize and align your goals.”

What the study revealed about people with purpose

Burrow and team wanted to investigate the way higher levels of purpose affected self-esteem, so they conducted two experiments. In the first, they surveyed Facebook users about purpose, self-esteem and average number of “likes” their posts typically received, finding the more likes people tended to receive, the higher their self-esteem tended to be. Except that for the individuals who reported having a high sense of purpose, there was no relationship between self-esteem and number of “likes.”

For the second experiment, the researchers created a fake social media site (to confirm that the results of the first experiment weren’t Facebook-specific). Plus, using a fake site allowed the researchers to manipulate the number of likes a given user received ― and then measure how that number (above-average, average or below-average) affected an individual’s reported level of self-esteem.

Self-esteem was higher in general if the individuals were told they had received a high number of “likes” and lower if they were told they had received a low number of “likes.” But, Burrow added: “There was no relationship between the number of likes people received and their self-esteem if they had a high sense of purpose.”

Having purpose changes your life

The new Facebook study is far from providing the only evidence of why having a sense of purpose can be really important. Here are seven other ways that having a sense of purpose changes the way you live your life:

1. You think beyond yourself.

You think about others and how your actions affect others. Research has established that having a sense of purpose isn’t just about having goals and striving to achieve those goals. People who have purpose are also more likely to be aware of the world around them and how their goals contribute to that world beyond themselves.

2. You have higher self-esteem

Studies consistently show people who have a sense of purpose consistently have higher self-esteem. That’s because having a sense of purpose means having and working toward a direction for the future that you value, so what you think of yourself at any given time is less influenced by the daily ups and downs, Burrow said.

3. You may live longer

In a study that followed 6,000 individuals for 14 years people who reported having a higher sense of purpose were more likely to live longer than their peers across all age groups, including younger adults, middle-aged adults and older adults.

Purpose is creating this more stable experience over time that accrues better health.Anthony Burrow, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University

“You really don’t want your mood to be fluctuating around from moment to moment and experience to experience,” Burrow explained. “That can be an indicator of health problems downstream because your system is constantly calibrating and recalibrating to new things.”

Mood and mental health is related to physical health measures such as heart rate and inflammation because of the toll that stress takes on the body. The evidence linking purpose to physical health from the past decade is some of the most exciting research on the topic, Burrow said.

“Purpose is creating this more stable experience over time that accrues better health,” Burrow said.

4. You’re more likely to surround yourself with diverse people.

LORI ADAMSKI PEEK VIA GETTY IMAGES

You’re more comfortable around other people. Previous research by Burrow and his colleagues showed that people who reported having more purpose tended to be in better moods and feel more comfortable around people with similar ethnic backgrounds (no matter what their own was). The study focused on how people’s reactions on commuter train cars changed when the commuters around them changed.

Stress tended to go up for everyone they studied when the other commuters were ethnically different. But for people who reported having a higher sense of purpose, there was no link between those individuals’ levels of distress and who else was on the train, Burrow explained.

“It’s more evidence that [for] purposeful people, their mood is not as contingent on what’s happening around them,” he said.

5. You make less impulsive decisions

Spontaneity can be a good thing. But acting on every impulse can drive us off the paths we actually want to be on, Burrow said. And the research suggests that people with more purpose actually make fewer impulsive decisions than people with less purpose.

One experiment offered a group of 503 adults either $100 dollars immediately or $150 two months later. The people who reported higher senses of purpose were more likely to take the larger sum later compared with people who were less purposeful.

“They can delay that gratification,” Burrow explained. “They’re not so caught up in the here and now.”

6. Challenges appear more attainable.

MIKE HARRINGTON VIA GETTY IMAGES

In another experiment researchers asked individuals the amount of effort they thought would be needed to climb hills of various inclines. People with lower levels of purpose were more likely to overestimate the steepness of the hills ― and the effort needed to climb those hills ― compared with people with more purpose.

7. You’re more likely to end up making more money.

Yep ―  another study showed that people who reported having more purpose actually had higher household incomes and net worth than people with less purpose.

And no money isn’t everything, but the finding says something really interesting about people with purpose, said Burrow, who was a co-author of the study.

Even when you controlled for income over time, the individuals with more purpose were accruing more net worth, which means they weren’t spending as much as they were saving, he said. “Purposeful people are thinking about the future.”

Source: 7 Ways People With A Purpose Live Differently 

Here’s What Happens To Airplanes When They’re Too Old To Fly 

X

 

Airplanes can’t fly forever, so what happens when they’re too old to take to the skies?

Many of them make a final flight to a disassembly specialist like Air Salvage International to be painstakingly broken up for recycling or transport to a landfill.

“They’re fully airworthy when they arrive and sometimes look like they’re about to go on another trip with a load of holiday-makers on board,” Mark Gregory, ASI’s founder and CEO, told The Huffington Post. “It can be quite sad.”

ASI, located in central England, provides an “end-of-life service” for between 50 to 60 planes at its Cotswold Airport base each year ― taking apart everything from Cessna Citations and Learjets to Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s and 747s.

Air Salvage International

Almost all of an airplane’s parts can be recycled somehow, Gregory said, especially the metal frame. 

How much can be recycled depends on a plane’s design and age. In general, almost 95 percent of newer airplanes (particularly narrow-bodied ones) can be saved from the landfill, but the percentage is not as high for older planes.

The interior plastic side panels and baggage bins can be problematic ― especially in the wide-bodied Boeing 747s, because of their size. “We’re working with universities on getting a better method,” Gregory said, adding, “they haven’t really come up with a solution yet.”

“It’s evolving, though,” he continued. “There’s lot of things we do now which we never used to. For example, all the windows now are Perspex, which can be fully recycled.”

Aircraft manufacturers are addressing the recyclability of their new planes now more than ever, Gregory said.

LEE MORAN
Mark Gregory, 55, used money from his severance package to set up ASI two decades ago. It now handles around 14 percent of the worldwide aircraft disassembly market.

Sometimes, the soon-to-be-scrapped planes yield unexpected surprises — like the $4 million worth of cocaine that company engineers found stashed inside an airplane bathroom in 2010.

“The drugs were actually worth more than the value of the aircraft,” Gregory said. Police seized the haul, possibly hidden during a trans-Atlantic flight from South America to Europe several months earlier.

Law enforcers later told Gregory to be careful about any future discoveries of white powder wrapped in refuse sacks. “They asked me if I’d thought if it could have been explosives,” he said. “I really hadn’t. We’re now much more cautious.”

Along with dropped coins and mislaid cell phones, ASI’s dismantlers once found a pilot’s long-lost wallet. “It had been under the captain’s seat for two years and he hadn’t been able to find it,” said Gregory. “We traced him to Australia and sent it back to him.”

An A319 front section awaiting transportation to its new home – a cabin crew training company.

ASI engineers try to maximize the financial and environmental return of each plane and every item on board. First, they extract the engine, which can have a value of $2 to $4 million and sometimes makes up 80 to 85 percent of the entire aircraft’s worth. They then re-lease it back to an airline or break it up for spare parts to sell. 

“We then go for the other critical items — all the avionics, air conditioning, brakes, fuel pumps and transmitters,” Gregory said. Most of these items also return to the aviation industry’s supply chain.

ASI sells some aircraft sections to flight training schools and others to the entertainment industry for movies like “World War Z,” “Johnny English” and the “Batman” and “Star Wars” franchises.

“Our facilities have also been used for various adverts and photo shoots, including a ballerina who was posing on a wing of an aircraft,” Trish Channon, ASI’s sales administrator, told HuffPost.

The company has also supplied the rear of a Boeing 737 to the Thorpe Park amusement park in Surrey, England, as a prop on one of its rollercoaster rides.

Aviation fans can buy seats from dismantled aircraft for $185 to $430, depending on whether they want coach class or the captain’s chair. ASI repurposes any unsold foam and cushions to pack up the cockpit controls and other devices so they can be delivered. Fashion designers sometimes buy the seat belt buckles.

Disassembly of a Dart Herald in 1997, Bournemouth,UK. One of our very early projects.

ASI handles around 14 percent of the worldwide aircraft disassembly market. But it started small.

Gregory, now 55, was a licensed engineer for the now defunct Dan-Air airline. When the company laid him off 20 years ago, he used his severance package to buy an oldHawker Siddeley HS 748 from the company. He dismantled it entirely by himself at the airfield and stored its parts in his garden shed before selling them.

“I thought, ‘This is a good thing to do, I quite enjoy doing this,’ so I went on to meet other people who wanted parts from aircraft that had been parked up,” he told HuffPost.

Fortuitously, just as Gregory was setting up his company, the first generation of planes from the late 1960s and early 1970s were reaching the end of their lives. He acknowledges he could have been in the “right place at the right time.” 

Business soon picked up, and after scrapping a fleet of 11 Heralds, a major airline asked him to dismantle a Boeing 747.

The company moved to its current location at the former British Royal Air Force base at Cotswold Airport, 100 miles west of London, around 18 years ago, and opened two modern hangars in 2011. “The climate is ideal around here, as it’s away from the sea,” said Gregory. “Airports by the coast are fantastic for passengers, but the salt air isn’t good for storing aircraft.”

TOM HEVEZI/AP
ASI’s engineers work on the clean-up operation of a British Airways Boeing 777 that crashed just short of London’s Heathrow Airport in 2008.

Stripping down and storing aircraft remains ASI’s core business. But it also conducts special projects, like partially dismantling two Concordes and an RAF Nimrod so they could be transported to museums and rebuilt for display.

ASI has also worked for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense and the U.S. government, although the exact details are classified.

Gregory is also branching out further into aircraft maintenance, leasing planes and trading parts ― all under the ASI umbrella.

“FLASHBACK” to December 1997, Guernsey. This incident related Fokker F27-500 was our first recovery project.

And then there’s the harrowing job of accident recovery. ASI’s engineers go out on behalf of an airline or investor’s insurer to pick up what’s left of a crashed plane and transport it to another location for inspection.

“We usually look after the plane until the case is closed. Sometimes [the case] will remain open for quite a long time, so we hold the wreckage in storage,” said Gregory. “Once the case is closed, we either destroy [the aircraft] on request of the insurers, or they may put it up for tender and it will be sold to whoever wants to buy it.”

ASI’s engineers have worked on high-profile crashes, including the tragic 2010 Afriqiyah Airways crash in Libya and the 2008 British Airways crash, when a Boeing 777 crashed just short of the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

“The majority of the aircraft crashes we deal with are non-fatal,” said Gregory. “They’re minor mishaps, such as if a wheel comes off and runs into the grass. Now and again we do [deal with fatal crashes], but only after the guys have cleared up human remains and personal effects.”

Our 45 tonne excavator doing what it does best…goodbye Hawker Siddeley125 !

From its humble beginnings, ASI has grown substantially over the past two decades ― and Gregory is keen for the momentum to continue. He wants his company to become a “one-stop shop” for the aviation industry, looking after airplanes for their entire lifecycle.

“I’d like to work with the lessors and the banks so that when they write their leases on the aircraft, they use this place as a hub,” Gregory said. “When the banks and lessors buy their aircraft from the manufacturer and then lease it to an airline for 10 years, at the end of that lease, the airline would have to return it to a location ― and I want that location to be here.”

“In the U.S., they have these kind of places,” Gregory added. “But there’s no fixed place for them here. We’d like to look after them from cradle to grave.”

Source: Here’s What Happens To Airplanes When They’re Too Old To Fly

Watch Barack And Michelle Obama Zombie Dance To ‘Thriller’ 

In a performance that likely left their daughters Malia and Sasha ghost white with embarrassment, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tried dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on Friday.

Dressed in casual clothes, the Obamas appeared onstage with several children during a Halloween celebration at the White House. With awkward zombie hands and a bit of stiff shimmying, the duo treated trick-or-treaters to their best mom and dad moves.

Watch the Obamas’ cheesy and adorable take on “Thriller” below.

Michael Jackson might not have been impressed.

Source: Watch Barack And Michelle Obama Zombie Dance To ‘Thriller’