Dan Buettner, author of the bestselling book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, began one of his speeches by saying,
"If you can tell me right now, what it is that gets you out of bed in the morning, your life expectancy is SEVEN YEARS HIGHER than the person sitting next to you who can't tell you why they got up in the morning."
Dan Beuttner wanted to understand why some people live so long in certain areas of the world (scientists call these communities of longevity "Blue Zones"). So he wrote a book about it.
As I have studied The Blue Zones, I immediately thought how much HOPE INCREASES when we cultivate the same behaviors that people living in the "Blue Zones" cultivate: having a purpose in life, connecting with people, having spiritual beliefs, taking vacations, eating less, and moving our bodies.
If you are interested in learning about what the people in these "blue zones" have in common, you can read the book or check out the INCREDIBLE, approachable, hip website that makes this important information so appealing ( Blue Zones website )
I worked VERY hard to find the things that would help me recover from my 2-1/2 year illness, and to feel HOPE during the journey. The things I found that helped me, just happen to coincide with the 9 behaviors of longevity that the people in these "Blue Zones" have in common:
Move (find ways to move mindlessly, make moving unavoidable)
Plan de Vida (know your purpose in life)
Down Shift (work less, slow down, rest, take vacation)
80% Rule (stop eating when you're 80% full)
Plant-Power (more veggies, less protein and processed foods)
Red Wine (consistency and moderation) ~ or not at all, if you are a Mormon, like me.
Belong (create a healthy social network)
Beliefs (spiritual or religious participation)
Your Tribe (make family a priority)