Nicoya, Costa Rica is one of the world’s ‘Blue Zones’ where people live longer than average. Residents eat whole foods, exercise daily, and drink calcium-rich water.

For some Costa Ricans, purpose and a positive outlook is an integral part of life, researchers say — and it could be helping them live longer, fuller lives.

Researchers studying the science of longevity have coined the term “plan de vida,” or “life plan,” the BBC reported, and they think it is one of the reasons why the residents of Nicoya, a 80-mile long peninsula located along the western coast of Costa Rica, regularly outlive the rest of us.

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September 6, 2023