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Blue Zones – How To Live Healthier, Happier And Longer!

By March 24, 2015Education, Health

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You are now entering a Blue Zone. Please expect greater longevity and feelings of well being and happiness…

How awesome would it be if you came across a sign like that on your way home from work one day?!

Well for some, Blue Zones are a reality.

Blue Zones are pockets of society around the world that National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner has studied. People who live in Blue Zones reach age 100 at around 10 times more often than those in the United States.

Dan identified 5 of the world’s Blue Zones as:

Ikaria, Greece

Loma Linda, California

Sardinia, Italy

Okinawa, Japan

Nicoya, Costa Rica

In 2004, Dan along with National Geographic took teams of scientists to each of the Blue Zones and set out to understand what lifestyle factors could be responsible for their increased longevity.

From these studies they found that there were nine specific characteristics that they shared. These have now been referred to as the Power 9.

Dan went on to write New York Times bestselling book The Blue Zones – 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.

He has also created courses and checklists that you can find out more about at the bluezones.com website.

The Power 9 principals have been taken and successfully applied to cities in the US and now Blue Zones are popping up all over the United States.

Included in the Blue Zones Resources on this website you can find their free Vitality Compass and True Happiness Test.

Both of these tests take you through a series of questions that ask you to enter information and rate various aspects of your lifestyle, diet and relationships before calculating a score and showing you areas which you could improve to increase your own well being, happiness and longevity.

If nothing else these tests are a bit of fun however I do believe it’s worth having a look at where you currently stand. You may find some areas in your life that you can make simple changes to and increase your chances of living  longer, healthier and happier!

Now who doesn’t want that, right??

Author Toni

Toni Everard has a gift for motivating and inspiring change in others. Having overcome many of her own life challenges Toni left her previous career in banking and finance to fulfil her desire to contribute more to the world. Now as a Coach, Therapist, Educator and Speaker Toni works with individuals and groups to create transformational change and empower those who want to create more in life for themselves and those they care about.

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Join the discussion 12 Comments

  • Tash Bell says:

    Great article Toni, so interesting to read about these things. If you need me I’ll be in Sardinia enjoying a long happy and very relaxed life in the sun 🙂

  • Tracey L Smith says:

    Awesome I will take a look at the links. Cross fingers I don’t have too much to change 😀

    • Toni Everard says:

      It’s interesting Tracey, and don’t worry I’ve had plenty of lifestyle changes over the years. It’s awesome to be able to find out things that you can do to make a difference to how you feel overall! 🙂

  • Margret says:

    I will too, youve sparked my interest. Thanks Toni as I remember ‘earthing’ and this sounds just as calm……hmm.

    • Toni Everard says:

      Yes it’s all tied in Margret! The Blue Zones that they have been setting up in communities across the States involve creating pedestrian zones and open spaces to encourage people to get outdoors and connect more with nature and each other. Sounds dreamy huh?? 🙂

  • Kim McKee - Online says:

    Toni thanks once again for bringing calm to us all! Cheers, Kim

  • Great info isn’t it Toni? I did those tests when I read the article one day when I went back to the Modules to catch up on changes. It’s fascinating and something we could all benefit from – thanks for sharing. 😉

    • Toni Everard says:

      Thanks Linda, yes I love reading about these amazing places and what they do. The tests are really useful, they give you so much info on area of your life that you can assess and make so really simple changes. Thanks for reading, appreciate your comments 🙂

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