We’ve been reflecting on what we want to put into our dash so we can get the most out of our journey through life. You may recall Dan Buettner and his work on Blue Zones where people tend to live longer. I just read an article in which Buettner shares six healthy habits of the world’s longest-living people.

Move Naturally: We don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment. People who live in Blue Zones get much of their exercise from gardening, working, traveling on foot, and other natural movements. You will not likely find them sitting on the couch for long periods of time.

Think of taking the steps rather than the elevator. Consider parking in the last row of the parking lot rather than the spot closest to the office, school, or store.

Pursue Your Purpose: Knowing our purpose can motivate us, but it can add up to seven years to our lives.

Choose Loved Ones First: Staying close to parents, grandparents, life partners, children, and grandchildren can lengthen our lives.

Downshift: Stress troubles our mind, but can also cause inflammation which contributes to age-related diseases. Meditation, prayer, naps, and reflection can ease that tension.

Practice the 80% Rule: People in the Blue Zones maintain a healthy weight by eating until they are only 80% full. They also eat progressively smaller meals throughout the day.

Find the Right Tribe: Maintaining a supportive social circle is crucial to living a long and meaningful life. We need to surround ourselves with others who practice healthy habits and who will encourage us to do the same.

If we want our dash to contain a long, healthy life, Blue Zone habits need to be practiced. To which of the six listed above do you need to give more attention?

From our team…Willow, Kevin, and Tom…who are definitely my right tribe.

Paul Bernabei
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