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'The Blue Zones' by: Dan Buettner
‘The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest’ by: Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner – Do you want to live to 100+? Of course you do, as long as you don’t have to wear a diaper! Our guest this week has figured out the key to living to the ripe old age of 100 and beyond and he’s here to share it with you.  National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world’s longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for health and long life. He is the author of the New York Times best selling book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

His TED Talk “How to live to be 100+” has been viewed over 2 million times and his New York Times Sunday Magazine article, “The Island Where People Forget to Die” was the second most popular article of 2012. Dan has Keynoted speeches for Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, Google Zeitgeist, TEDMED and many more nationally renowned conferences.  He has been featured twice on Oprah and has received an Emmy award for television production.

“Money does buy happiness to a certain extent. You need to be able to buy the necessities. However, after you obtain a certain amount, the effect of an added dollar does not buy you an added dollar of happiness.

– Dan Buettner

Quotes from Dan:

[shadowbox]”After 75 minutes of inactivity, the body drops into a state of hibernation and that’s when we tend to store fat.”

“In order to attain a higher quality of life, we are going to have to pay attention to policy.   We have to look at work places, restaurants, and grocery stores.  We have to optimize the environment that we inhabit.”

“Americans have it wrong.  We’ve been sold this fitness BS for 60 years.  This idea that we can be sedentary all day long and then go work it off in the gym for 30 minutes – it’s not the way the body works.”

“About 40% of your happiness is genetic, which means approximately 60% is up to you!”[/shadowbox]

What we learn in this episode:

  • One of the keys to fitness and health is moderate exercise throughout the day, not spurts of intense activity.
  • What are the secrets to living a long and healthy life?
  • What factors play the biggest role of someone being truly happy?


The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest


Dan Buettner – Ted Talk: How to live to be 100+

Twitter: @BlueZones