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:
Loma Linda, California
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.
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??