Live off the earth,
sleep well+nap regularly,
be supported by friends+family,
and live with purpose.
There you go!
Guidance from the Ikarians on a long and happy life
A recent New York Times Sunday Magazine article (adapted from an upcoming National Geographic piece, “Blue Zones”) by Dan Buettner entitled The Enchanted Island Of Centenarians provides a fascinating look into what a healthy lifestyle is. This article has become my rallying cry. Not that I’m packing up the family…as tempting as it is.
I’ve craved simplicity lately. And connections with family and friends, supporters. And it turns out, that’s just what my body and soul needs. Maybe yours, too?
Here’s what resonated most with me, aside from all the obvious food-sleep-sex info:
- Being able to define your life meaning adds to your life expectancy; i.e. doing good is good for you.
- It’s really hard to change individual behaviors when community behaviors stay the same.
- For people to adopt a healthful lifestyle, they need to live in a culture that makes it possible…likely creating your own variation of Ikaria, Greece (or other Blue Zones: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California; or Nicoya, Costa Rica)
Thanks to Lifeyum reader (and manifestor) Paula Kaye Colarusso for sharing Dan Buettner’s article. Read on with my handy new table of favorite paragraphs, two comments (nearly 600 online), and a link to the full piece.
[Note to mobile readers: The fab table isn’t so fab on mobile devices, I’ve learned. This one-woman tech team is on it.]
Two different takes on the article from the Times follow. I appreciate both, but would love to hear from YOU!
The American health care system should take a few hints from the island of Ikaria. Direct medical care at the E.R. and costly prescription research are not making our country healthier. The Ikarian sense of community betters social and mental health. The irregular workweek allows ample rest and time to enjoy food. Universal access to food, in the backyard and at a neighbor’s kitchen table, would reduce the stress that many of our unemployed feel. We should encourage vibrant and connected neighborhoods with thriving centers and access to healthful foods. —HAYLEY PICKUS, Portland, Ore.
I see the appeal of life on Ikaria. But I wonder if any of the islanders feel like they have a great book inside them. Or want to study painting or science or perhaps build a business. Do any of them yearn to do more than chitchat and gossip? Some people want to experience the great joy of achievement, not just the satisfactions of a stress-free life. —BRAD DESCH, New York, posted on nytimes.com
Read the entire article online here:
The Island Where People Forget to Die, New York Times Sunday Magazine, October 28, 2012