The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People

Dan Buettner. National Geographic, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-1-4262-1848-4
Buettner (The Blue Zones Solution) brings substantive research and an emphasis on health to the by-now-familiar happiness trend in self-health literature. Focusing on “designing your life to make it happier,” his book offers “simple, evidence-based steps” based on scientific research. In previous books, Buettner identified five areas around the globe where people live the longest, which he calls “blue zones.” Applying the same concept to happiness, he pinpoints the regions where people report the highest levels of satisfaction and fulfillment. Using case studies and examples, he tells the stories of these communities, along with advice on how to apply their philosophies. He also explores personal happiness and the influences that can shape a sense of contentment, such as one’s community, home, and workplace. Listing the “three Ps of happiness”—pleasure, purpose, and pride—Buettner discusses how these elements feature in the lives of the world’s happiest people and provides a “Blue Zones Happiness Test” designed to help readers evaluate their own situations. The book’s appendix lists an international panel of experts and their personal recommendations. Filled with realistic, constructive information, this book is a useful manual for individuals and communities to take the initiative toward happier, healthier lives. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/07/2017
Release date: 10/03/2017
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