Is there a relationship between longevity and happiness?
Blue Zones? Five places around the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives.
• Today.com > “5 tips for living to 100 from a top longevity researcher” by Stephanie Thurrott (Sept 8, 2023) – Dan Buettner, who has been studying people who live the longest for 20 years, shares their secrets.
- Eat a whole-food, plant-based diet.
- Try to get eight hours of sleep a day.
- Know and be able to articulate your sense of purpose.
- Move naturally all day long.
- Curate four or five friends who have healthy habits.
Don’t assume you’ll find your purpose at work. That’s only true for fewer than 30% of Americans. “It could be at your church, it could be with your family, it could be with volunteering,” Buettner says. “But when you have a sense of purpose you’re more likely to get out and move every day. You’re more likely to find friends and be a good friend. You’re more likely to eat healthy. It’s far more powerful than we think.”
More in the news cycle about Blue Zones, where people “are living longer without intentionally setting out to do so.”
Including Okinawa, “Ikaria, an island off the coast of Greece in the Aegean Sea, and the mountain villages of Sardinia, off the coast of Italy.”
Is seaweed in your diet? Beans? Herbs? How can our urban diets incorporate an “eat-from-the-land” tone?
• NPR > “7 habits to live a healthier life, inspired by the world’s longest-lived communities” by Allison Aubrey (September 9, 2023) – Dan Buettner’s new Netflix documentary, Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones, is trending as a top streaming pick.
- Trade the La-Z-Boy for a mat and a garden
- Ditch DoorDash and eat like a peasant
- Reduce meat and aim for a plant-forward approach
- Give loneliness the boot — become a joiner
- Revamp social media to cultivate friends and a sense of purpose
- In lieu of an afternoon espresso, take a nap
- Trade big-city rents for an affordable home (and maybe keep your parent nearby)
Buettner acknowledges that the original blue zones are fading. The isolation of many of these communities has helped preserve the traditional way of life, but urbanization and the global economy are pushing people to more modern lifestyles.
• SoCal > South Bay > Beach Cities > BCHD > About Blue Zones Project
What if generations of people could live longer, healthier, happier lives? What if it wasn’t so hard to do because their surroundings made it easy? Leveraging secrets discovered in Blue Zones® around the world — rare longevity hotspots — Blue Zones Project is helping transform communities across the U.S. into areas where the healthy choice is easy and people live longer with a higher quality of life.