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The Blue Zones

The Blue Zones

Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest


Dan Buettner







With the right lifestyle, experts say, the chances are good that we'll live up to a decade longer. What is the recipe for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to discover the best strategies for living long in the Blue Zones: places in the world where a high percentage of people live remarkably long, fulfilling lives.

In this dynamic book, he reveals the recipe and combines this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire simple, lasting changes that can extend life by years.

Büttner's colossal research, financed in part by the National Institute on Aging, has taken him from Costa Rica to Italy to Japan and beyond. In the societies he has visited, it is no coincidence that the way people interact with each other, reduce stress, feed their bodies and look at the world leads to more good years of life.

By observing their lifestyles, Büttner's teams have identified important everyday decisions that are consistent with the latest findings in longevity research — and distilled them into a few simple yet effective habits that anyone can adopt.