Dan Buettner who researched the Blue Zones for National Geographic, and is now a best selling author, identified nine commonalities in the Blue Zones he discovered around the world. They are:
This describes an environment where walking is the primary way to get around; where yard work is done personally and manually rather than being outsourced or using a power mower; and where staircases are not hidden in back corners while elevators and escalators take up prime real estate.
Know your Purpose
This means exactly what it says. People who know their sense of purpose, the things they like to do and incorporate them into their lives, live longer.
This means taking time each day to engage in a stress relieving strategy. Even if only for a few moments.
This refers to eating only until you are 80% full, using smaller plates. Removing distractions when eating can help with this.
This means eating a rich array of fruits and vegetables and looking at meat as a condiment, not the focus of the meal – and eating plenty of nuts!
Wine at Five
One glass a day for women, two for men, with a meal with friends.
Find social circles that share common interests and support healthy behaviors.
Belong to a group, this is often a faith based community.
Loved Ones First
Put family and friends first.
Regardless of your age or where you are in your life, which of these things could you begin to implement for yourself? Could you take a walk every day? Find something to do that relieves stress? Spend more time with your community? Pick something and do it. It will make you feel better now and may make you live a longer, happier, healthier life. Respond in the comments below to let me know what you choose.