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Blue Zones, What’s Their Secret?

Blue Zones, What’s Their Secret?

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There are certain regions in the world where people tend to live longer, be healthier and report greater life satisfaction.

For almost 10 years Dan Buettner has been examining these places, and trying to understand what advantages or environmental differences exist in them. In collaboration with National Geographic, experts in their fields and researchers who specialize in long life spans, they have looked into these sections of the world and their inhabitants.

In order to find the top zones, the team investigated 3 global databases involving factors of well-being. Looking at a 95% representative sample of the total world population, the top places were picked out. Typically in these Blue Zones individuals celebrate their 100th birthdays at a frequency that is at least 10 times higher than that of a typical life expectancy in the U.S.

The following are the Blue Zones that were identified, as well as the features of living in the specific areas that may make a big difference:

After figuring out what these zones were, Buettner, National Geographic and a group of scientists looked at characteristics of the identified regions. They discovered certain aspects of their lifestyle that appeared to make a significant difference, and these were termed the Power 9. They also discovered 6 Thrive Centers, or places and facets of our lives that can affect happiness levels.

This video featuring Buettner explains how mental and physical processes, society and environment can affect happiness and vitality, as well as an overview of some of the Blue Zones.

Feeling brave?

Take the Blue Zones’ life expectancy quiz called the Vitality Compass. I will give you an idea of how your present routines are affecting your life span. Their Happiness Test will examine socio-emotional factors and provide wellness tips.

When faced with major issues like shortened life expectancy, environmental pollutants and lack of social connections and physical activity, there are some lessons we can all take from the Blue Zones.

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