Living Measurably Better

by bryan maynard

I am so very fortunate to have good teachers around me, and Eric Tonningsen is a new source of life and joy and wisdom for me. He permitted me to share his recent blog about the “Blue Zones” around the world, 5 areas where people live the longest and with the best health. Fascinating insights about 5 shared common denominators of wellness. If you are interested in a lifestyle of being well, be sure to check out the vitality compass in Eric’s blog.

Eric Tonningsen's Awakening to Awareness


“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” ~ Doug Larson

This past May I heard Rudy Maxa speak at a professional gathering. Maxa is a renown travel journalist who has hosted many widely syndicated travel shows in the U.S. and overseas. He shared (and enlightened those present) his knowledge of and experiences with Blue Zones.

In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better. In these Blue Zones they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the U.S.

After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, teams of scientists were dispatched to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zone residents shared nine specific characteristics, called the Power…

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