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Hacking life – how to live to be 100+

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In the Okinawa region in Japan a 109 year old woman is still gardening

If you want to know how to live to be 100+ then this is a TED talk for you. Dan Buettner gives an inspiring talk about 4 key geographical areas called blue zones in Loma Linda in USA, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Okinawa in Japan, and Sardinia in Italy. These 4 blue zone areas are particularly interesting because they have the highest proportions of centenarians and twin studies have estimated that only 20% – 30% of individual’s lifespan is related to genetics leaving a staggering 70% – 80% to the lifestyle. So a question arises: What do people in these geographical areas have in common and why is their life expectancy so much longer than that of other people?

It seems, that these people have a much longer life expectancy because they:

  1. Move naturally
  2. Have the right outlook and they know how to deal with stress
  3. Know their sense of purpose
  4. Eat wisely
  5. Connect with others


This concept has since been applied with a great success to an area called Albert Lea in Minnesota. The life expectancy of people living in this area has been increased and the healthcare costs have been reduced by 40%.

So if you want to know the tricks to living longer then check out the full TED talk here:

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