Can we think of prosperity as a rope? Intertwining how we evaluate life and life’s satisfactions? How we experience life and our purpose - that is putting being able to put our gifts to work? Does happiness have a genetic component?

Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and founder of Blue Zones. He’s also the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the LongestThrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way and The Blue Zones Solution.

He has discovered five places in the world ­– dubbed blue zones – where people live the longest and are healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California.

Dan’s adventure – and all that he learned – is chronicled in his book The Blue Zones, as well as the follow-up The Blue Zones Solution. The books became New York Times best-sellers and drew worldwide media attention. Dan has appeared as a longevity expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC World News, CBS’s The Early Show, and CNN. The subsequent best-sellers Thrive and Blue Zones of Happiness takes a Blue Zones approach to solve another mystery: Why are the world’s happiest places the happiest?

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Recommended Books:

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way

The Journey to the East

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