Dan Buettner’s lessons from the happiest places on earth

Forget about keeping a gratitude journal. Never mind savouring the moment. Can’t remember to perform daily random acts of kindness? Don’t sweat it.

If you want to be happy, Dan Buettner has a longer-lasting solution – one that doesn’t require daily effort: Move to Denmark. Or Costa Rica, or Singapore, or any of the places that rank among the happiest in the world.

Buettner, a Minneapolis-based author, is known for his work on unravelling the secrets of “Blue Zones,” around the world where people live longest and are healthiest, which he first described in a 2005 National Geographic cover story. He has since promoted the longevity lessons he’s learned through his Blue Zones organization.

But, as he explains, “You realize at a certain point that it’s not worth living to 100 if you don’t [enjoy] the journey.”

So, in his newest book, The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People, Buettner has turned his attention to geographic hot spots for joy and life satisfaction.

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October 20, 2017