6 Lessons from Singapore, the World’s Newest Blue Zones Region

 

Excerpt adapted from The Blue Zones Secrets for Living Longer: Lessons From the Healthiest Places on Earth by Dan Buettner, a beautifully illustrated and informative guide to the places on Earth where people live the longest—including lessons learned, top longevity foods, and the behaviors to help you live to 100—plus a surprising new blue zones longevity hotspot.

Choose a safe neighborhood in a safe city

Pick a neighborhood with well-lit streets, free of graffiti. Join a neighborhood watch group and make it a point to know your neighbors at least three doors down on each side of your home.

Live your values

Take time to know your values and let them guide you in choosing a place to live, a social network, and a job. If your family is a priority, try to live near them. If you love to work with your hands, don’t get a job in an office.

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Find your tribe

Join a club, get involved at church, double down on your family, be the best sports fan you can. Likely you will feel more secure— and enjoy the camaraderie.

Buy good health care

Make sure you’re covered adequately by health insurance. It’s hard to live happily if you’re not healthy. Knowing that you’ll get good care if you get sick removes one of the main stressors in life.

 

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Focus on financial success

If status, financial security, and a sense of accomplishment are important to you, you might want to put most of your life’s focus on making as much money as you can. For someone like you, by and large, the richer you get, the more satisfied you’ll be.

 


Excerpt adapted from The Blue Zones Secrets for Living Longer: Lessons From the Healthiest Places on Earth by Dan Buettner, a beautifully illustrated and informative guide to the places on Earth where people live the longest—including lessons learned, top longevity foods, and the behaviors to help you live to 100—plus a surprising new blue zones longevity hotspot.

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