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How to live to be 100+ - Dan Buettner

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100. (Filmed at TEDxTC.)

Watch the full video talk by Dan Buettner.

BlueZones of Happiness by Dan Buettner

Bluezone-of-Happiness.jpgNew York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of what makes the world’s happiest places and shows you how to apply these lessons to your own life.

In this inspiring guide, you’ll find game-changing tools drawn from global research and expert insights for achieving maximum fulfillment. Along the way, you’ll:

  • Discover the three strands of happiness-pleasure, purpose, and pride-that feature prominently in the world’s happiest places.
  • Take the specially designed Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where you could cultivate greater joy, deeper meaning, and increased satisfaction.
  • Meet the world’s Happiness All-Stars: inspiring individuals from Denmark to the United States who reveal dynamic, practical ways to improve day-to-day living.
  • Discover specific, science-based strategies for setting up a “life radius” of community, work, home, and self to create healthier, happiness-boosting habits for the long-term.


Purchase your own copy of ‘BlueZones of Happiness’ – Dan Buettner.

List of academic papers about plant-based diets

Below is a sample of academic papers about plant-based diets. We’ve only presented a sample of work that has been published in the last 5-6 years:


The 9 Bluezone Principles

Move Naturally

Move naturallyPeople in bluezones don’t necessarily go to the gym or compete in a sport. They simply move more than we do. They use active transport (walking, cycling). They garden. They have communities that allow safe and easy active time. We might still need to go to the gym or join a sport but the key message is to “move more”.


Purpose“Why I wake up in the morning”. All bluezoners know their purpose, their reason for being here. What is yours?

Seek it out.

Down Shift

Down ShiftIn our world, we call the Down Shift principle; stress management. Stress leads to chronic disease. Bluezoners imbed stress management practices into their daily routine.

80% Rule

80% RuleStop eating when your stomach is 80% full. The difference between the 80% of feeling satisfied and the 100% of feeling full couple make all the difference in your weight loss regime and keep your gut working efficiently.

Plant Slant

Plant SlantHere is where FastTrack comes in Bluezoners have a diet that is 90% plant based with beans being a major nutrient source.

Wine @ 5

Wine @ 5Bluezoners (except the 7th Day Adventists in California) drink alcohol in moderation;

1-2 serves per day. Unlike in our society, Bluezoners do not binge drink.


BelongBluezoners have a connection to a belief system or faith. They belong to an ideal that represents something greater than themselves. This ideal is not necessarily religion, but it can be.

Loved Ones First

Loved Ones FirstCommitted to a life partner, caring for aging parents and knowing that it takes a community to raise a child. Bluezoners put family first in life.

Right Tribe

Right TribeThe worlds longest-lived and happiest people choose or were born into community that supported healthy behaviours. The people they interact with the most and who have an influence on them, have a shared philosophy.