The World is a chaotic place these days and it seems that we all could benefit from taking a step back to pay some attention to our personal Well-Being. In his book, "The Blue Zones", Dan Buettner studied Centenarians (people who live to be over 100 years old) in 4 areas of the World where they manage to live longer, healthier, richer lives. He dubbed these areas the "Blue Zones" and defines them as: "Communities where common elements of lifestyle, diet, and outlook have led to an amazing quality of life"
The Blue Zones are:
Loma Linda, California
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Mr Buettner conducted extensive research in the Blue Zones in an effort to uncover the secrets to good health and a long life and to provide tips for living longer and being well.
Tips On How To Create Your Own Blue Zone (and improve well-being):
Full time workers in America, on average, work 43 hours a week. We take the shortest paid vacations (and 20% still stay in touch with the office), we hold extra busy/hard-working people in high regard and often do not value slowing down and "smelling the roses". The Center for Desease Control says "80 percent of American adults don't get recommended excercise". The President's Council on Fitness says "over 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million children and adolecents are obese". Dosomething.org says 20% of all American meals are eaten in the car. Dr. Robert Pearl, in Forbes, reports that "a third of U.S. workers report feeling extremely stressed at work". According to a Gallup Poll, 76% of Americans in 2013 said religion as a whole is "losing it's influence in American life".
What can we do??
Here are some ideas for improving well-being and finding more comfort:
Slow down, enjoy nature, eat a healthy diet (mostly fresh food, not too much), get enough sleep, watch a comedy and laugh it off (laughing is extremely therapeutic), hug it out (human touch is very calming and comforting), kiss someone (kissing releases feel-good hormones), listen to your favorite music, exercise regularily, reach out to a faith-based community, make time to relax and decompress, express gratitude, practice happiness, maintain a positive attitude, make more time for the people and things that bring you COMFORT....
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, HELLO FALL...and HERE'S TO IMPROVING WELL-BEING AND FINDING MORE COMFORT!!
MONICA AND BETH
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