Lessons from Singapore

March 6, 2022

Perhaps when it comes to policy, maximizing freedom does not maximize collective happiness. In Singapore, at least, a system has emerged that provides an almost comforting degree of certainty to its citizens: Here are the rules. Follow them. Work hard and you will succeed. Pursuing the good life may indeed provide some real, if fleeting, […]

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 […]

4 Key Ingredients to a Long, Happy Life

March 9, 2020

4 Key Ingredients to a Long, Happy Life National Geographic Fellow and best-selling author Dan Buettner sat down with Rich Roll on his podcast, one of the world’s most highly acclaimed, to discuss the ingredients to a long, happy, and fulfilling life. While it all begins with what we put in our mouths, their conversation digs deep […]

Secret to Longer Life is Low-Tech

October 3, 2019

Several longevity hotspots surfaced through my expeditions — the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California. People in these blue zones regions not just live longer, but they live better. Besides having a large number of centenarians, people in these areas remain active […]

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