Where are the Happiest Cities in America?

March 15, 2022

The Top 5 Happiest Cities in America: Boulder, CO Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Charlottesville, VA Fort Collins, CO San Luis Obispo, CA What metrics are universal to the happiest places in the country? In the happiest places, residents have trust (in their police, neighbors, and local government); good walkability and people-friendly design (sidewalks and safe streets); […]

20 Habits For a Healthier, Happier Life

March 11, 2022

Instead of focusing on an outcome like “lose 20 pounds” or “exercise every day,” focus on acquiring life-enhancing new habits. We are creatures of habit and products of our surroundings, so optimizing our environments and routines will yield a much higher rate of success. Don’t try all of the things below at one time. Choose […]

Sardinia’s Blue Zone Lessons

March 9, 2022

Eat a lean, plant-based diet accented with meat. The classic Sardinian diet consists of whole-grain bread, beans, garden vegetables, fruits, and, in some parts of the island, mastic oil. Sardinians also traditionally eat pecorino cheese made from grass-fed sheep, whose cheese is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Meat is largely reserved for Sundays and special […]

Okinawa’s Longevity Lessons

March 7, 2022

Embrace an Ikigai Older Okinawans can readily articulate the reason they get up in the morning. Their purpose-imbued lives gives them clear roles of responsibility and feelings of being needed well into their 100s. Rely on a Plant-Based Diet Older Okinawans have eaten a plant-based diet most of their lives. Their meals of stir-fried vegetables, […]

Loma Linda’s Blue Zone Secrets

March 5, 2022

Find a sanctuary in time. A weekly break from the rigors of daily life, the 24-hour Sabbath provides a time to focus on family, God, camaraderie, and nature. Adventists claim this relieves their stress, strengthens social networks, and provides consistent exercise. Maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Adventists with healthy BMIs (meaning they have […]

Costa Rica’s Longevity Secrets

March 4, 2022

Have a plan de vida. Successful centenarians have a strong sense of purpose. They feel needed and want to contribute to a greater good. Drink hard water. Nicoyan water has the country’s highest calcium content, perhaps explaining the lower rates of heart disease, as well as stronger bones and fewer hip fractures. Keep a focus […]

Why is Costa Rica one of the Happiest, Healthiest Places on Earth?

March 3, 2022

According to Dr. Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist and director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, people with the best health outcomes were people who “leaned into relationships, with family, with friends, with community.” Educating Mothers In our work studying extraordinary populations around the world, we’ve found that family is the foundation for health and […]

The Right Outlook: How Finding Your Purpose Can Improve Your Life

March 2, 2022

If you can, research suggests that you could be living up to seven good years longer. Research shows that people who know their life purpose and why they wake up in the morning live longer, better lives. Dr. Robert Butler and his collaborators led an NIH-funded study that looked at the correlation between having a […]

Happiness Lessons from Mexico

March 1, 2022

The Sun Bonus Mexicans collect a small happiness bump from the sun bonus — more annual hours of sunlight than most of their neighbors to the north, and hence more vitamin D. There’s more to this than sunny clichés may suggest. “Emerging research shows that tanning prompts manufacture of endorphins that give you a feeling […]

100 Recipes to Live to 100 THE BLUE ZONES KITCHEN

The Blue Zones Kitchen fuses scientific reporting, National Geographic photography and 100 recipes that may help you live to 100. The Blue Zones’ food tradition is going the way of the dodo bird, thanks to the encroachment of the American Food Culture.

The Blue Zones Kitchen