No matter what your religious and spiritual beliefs are, life is a beautiful and joyous thing. So, the question becomes: how do we get more of it? What is it that enables certain people to live past 100 years? Dan Buettner and his team at National Geographic studied the diets, habits of people who live in his proclaimed “Blue Zone“, where people live longer.
The fact of the matter is there is a lot of confusion around what really helps us live longer better. Should you be running marathons or doing yoga? Should you eat organic meats or should you be eating tofu? When it comes to supplements, should you be taking them? How about these hormones or resveratrol? And does purpose play into it? Spirituality? And how about how we socialize?
Diets don’t work. No diet in the history of the world has ever worked for more than two percent of the population. Exercise programs usually start in January; they’re usually done by October. When it comes to longevity there is no short term fix in a pill or anything else. But when you think about it, your friends are long-term adventures, and therefore, perhaps the most significant thing you can do to add more years to your life, and life to your years.
Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times-bestselling author