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New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of the world's happiest places—and shows how we can all apply the lessons of true happiness to our lives. In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game-changing tools for setting up your life to be the happiest it can be. In these illuminating pages, you'll: • Meet the world's Happiness All-StarsNew York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of the world's happiest places—and shows how we can all apply the lessons of true happiness to our lives. In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game-changing tools for setting up your life to be the happiest it can be. In these illuminating pages, you'll: • Meet the world's Happiness All-Stars—inspiring individuals born in places around the world that nurture happiness as well as Americans boosting well-being in their own communities. • Discover how the three strands of happiness—joy, purpose, and satisfaction—weave together in different ways to make Denmark, Costa Rica, and Singapore some of the world's happiest places. • Use the Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where change could bring more happiness—and then find practical steps to make those changes. • Learn the Top 10 ways to create happiness, as revealed by a panel of the world's leading experts convened specifically for this project. • Boost your own happiness by applying the lessons of Blue Zones Project communities—America's largest preventive health care project, which has already improved the health and happiness of millions of people across the United States....

Title : The Blue Zones of Happiness: A Blueprint for a Better Life
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ISBN : 34736004
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Number of Pages : 169 Pages
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The Blue Zones of Happiness: A Blueprint for a Better Life Reviews

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2018-09-09 22:58

    Dan Buettner shares research on the happiest places on earth and uses that research to help all of us make our workplaces, our homes, and our communities happier places to live. There are several wonderful lists in this book, including the Blue Zones Happiness Test, the fifteen "cowbell" factors that signal true happiness, and the Community Blueprint for Happiness, that are alone worth the price of the book.

  • Elizabeth Theiss
    2018-09-18 17:07

    Blue Zones are places where people live longer, happier, healthier lives. These places make it easier for individuals to thrive by incorporating design elements and programs that encourage building friendship networks, eating well, walking, and cycling. For example, communities that limit sprawl and preserve open spaces with walking and biking paths encourage a more active lifestyle. Wide sidewalks encourage people to walk and talk together. Some communities tax sweetened beverages to limit obesity. The existing economy is organized to maximize GDP growth. This book asks the question of whether government ought not instead to prioritize happiness as the greatest object of society. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence clearly included the pursuit of happiness as a major responsibility of government. Later he said, "The happiness and prosperity of our the only legitimate object of government." So what would the pursuit of happiness look like on a local level? Certainly it would include an excellent education system that prepared the young for fulfilling, healthy lives. It would provide free healthcare, because, without health, happiness is difficult. Buettner suggests a national measure of well-being should be available to politicians and the public, as a measure of government t success.If you are looking for a book that provides research-based guidance on how to transform your community into a Blue Zone, this is not that book. I wish it were. Rather, Buettner provides a panoply of examples and waxes enthusiastic about many bromides that are already part of the community development canon. In a few places, he misses the mark entirely like when he suggests that everyone going to church would create better communities, and that the law should require parent so young children to consider staying together and to co-parent (with abusive spouses? With alcohol and drug-addicted partners? Are you sure, Mr. Buettner?).I did manage to finish this book but wish it had been a better one. I'm still on the lookout for a book that would help guide my own community to become healthier and happier. Let me know if you've found one.

  • Daniel
    2018-09-21 19:53

    Alright Singapore was featured so of course I have to read it. Singaporeans are happy because we work hard and are proud of our achievements. Danish people are happy because they don’t need to worry about basic necessities of life. Costa-Ricans are happy because they take life easy and talk to people. The author provides to do lists to be happy: get married, spend time with family and close friends, get involved with religion or a club, learn to be likeable, exercise, focus on other’s happiness, savour life and find a purpose. Unfortunately I didn’t find the book very engaging - it reads like a manual. Nonetheless a good summary on happiness.

  • Matthew
    2018-08-27 22:58

    Lots of great info in the book! The first part will seem a tad redundant if you read Dan Buettner's early Blue Zones book, but still a nice recap. The best part of the book is the third part with the tips on how to bring greater amounts of happiness into the concentric circles of your life.

  • Abdelaali
    2018-08-30 19:11

    If I can't find another good book to read I will read this book again and again and again. Great book.

  • Kevin Sweet
    2018-09-25 20:09

    It was refreshing to read a profile of Boulder, CO. The author mentions dreadlocked, puffy-wearing guys hanging out on Pearl Street, which could have very well been me!This has a lot of good info and tips for increasing three types of happiness: pleasure, purpose, and pride. However, much of the book builds up to the conclusion that you should simply live in a better place to be happier. Someone who is unwilling or unable to uproot their life to seek out a better location will find a good chunk of this book useless. That said, it's hard to argue with that conclusion. After having lived in two vastly different places--Boulder, which does a great job of cultivating happiness, and South Korea, a place that does the opposite in so many ways--I wholeheartedly agree that location is hugely important in a person's mental health.The second half of the book provides more insight into behaviors we can change to increase happiness. My biggest gripe was the repeated calls to join faith-based communities. Again and again, the author advocates that even if you're not religious, you should try to find a faith-based community, and that communities that aren't faith-based don't work as well. It seems plausible that believing in God makes people happier, but regardless of whether or not that's true, is a modest boost to happiness worth the delusional belief? Is believing a lie and organizing a good portion of your life around it worth the extra happiness?This is a book I'll probably read again as a reminder for how to better live my life with pleasure, purpose, and pride.

  • Sara Strand
    2018-09-11 23:15

    I don't hide my personal struggles with mental illness since the birth of my fourth child. Her birth was traumatic, I died, I was revived, and I haven't been the same ever since. My depression is the worst it's ever been, my anxiety is through the roof, I now battle PTSD, and suicidal thoughts. If there was anyone meant to read this book- it's me. I jumped at the chance to review this specifically because I'm essentially desperate to be happy. I don't even want to be SUPER happy, but anything is better than wanting to die everyday, so I went into this book ready to take notes and make changes. The book itself is a rather fast read and it covers all major areas. The author talks about happiness in different parts of the world, things that could affect your happiness, places that happiness could happen (your job, your community, your financial well-being, personal life, etc) and of course- what IS happiness? We say we want to be happy, but what does that really mean? Of course, it's subjective- what makes me happy won't necessarily make you happy or rate high in your life and vice versa. This book sets out to help you figure out what areas you need to make changes, how to prioritize the things that make you happy, and what to do if you're stuck. Sometimes it might mean being brave and quitting that job you hate and do something that (maybe) isn't as financially rewarding, but it could open up new doors to happiness for you. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book was discussion on building happiness within communities. Of course, it could mean the city you live in or communities could be smaller circles of people that you operate in (clubs, groups, school, etc) and what you can do to foster happiness within the community. I found it interesting because the city I live in has gained a reputation of being the lamer of the Twin Ports cities, we have a lot of bars and dingy areas, we need more jobs and essentially an entire revitalization of the city. We're making progress but when you go to city meetings or even look at the community social media pages you find two groups of people: the we've-always-done-it-this-way group who offer no positive solutions but love to give criticisms, and the dreamers, the people who have a positive outlook and are excited at the strides we're making. I find that when you have those people, and you hear their enthusiasm, it's catchy. All of a sudden I'm doing what I can to join the revolution, so to speak. So that's my really long way of saying I think this would be a really good book for young adults. Seniors in high school, college students, those just starting out in the workplace as a grown up- we (as communities and a nation) need more dreamers, more happy, positive people with the goal of making everything better. If I had to find a critique, and you know I try to always balance a review, I didn't get a lot of information about mental illness. I'm depressed, how do I get happy? How do I turn the ship around? It's most geared towards general happiness versus specific solutions to specific problems, if that makes sense. Overall? A solid 4/5 stars. I really flew through this and I could see this being adapted for a public speaking engagement or morale boosting sessions.

  • Sally
    2018-09-03 21:50

    I first read about the Blue Zones, areas in the world where people have the longest lifespans, in National Geographic a decade or so ago. Since then I’ve been intrigued with learning more about how these cultures and communities support longevity and well-being. Blue Zones - 5 geographic areas where people statistically live longest:- Okinawa, Japan- Sardinia, Italy- Nicoya, Costa Rica- Icaria, Greece- Loma Linda, California (Seventh-day Adventists)This book offered a look at how those living in Blue Zones arranged social institutions, community, and their daily lives to support happiness. Dan Buettner, the author, notes that there are three distinct, yet interrelated, strands of happiness that compliment one another and create happiness: pleasure, purpose, and pride. There were practical tips that anyone could apply:- Socialize at least 6 hours a day (work with people you like)- Bike / walk to work (commuting makes us so, so unhappy) - Sit on your front porch (engage in the community)There are individual choices one can make (exercising, eating fruits and vegetables), however a large portion of what impacts individual happiness is based on social institutions, government and the environment. The way nations, neighborhoods, and family households organize directly influence individual well-being. Individual happiness is intimately related to the governmental and cultural values.

  • Megan
    2018-09-04 17:48

    Ever finished a book feeling super inspired? Because YUP THAT'S ME! Disclaimer... I work for Blue Zones Project and have met Dan Buettner a few times so I may be a little bias. I also will say that I have a hard time separating my previous knowledge of Blue Zones from the contents of the book so my thoughts and feelings truly are towards Blue Zones as a whole.Dan Buettner does an awesome job explaining how happiness isn't just something individuals create for themselves. Happiness also derives from optimizing your environment, ensuring policies putting well-being first are in place, and shifting into a positive and purposeful mentality. Before you know it, you'll be nudged into living a happier, healthier life.My favorite part of this book are the stories collected from around the world. All individuals that speak with Buettner come from very different communities/backgrounds and have unique life experiences; however, all seem to weave together the three strands Buettner focuses on: pleasure, purpose, and pride.I strongly believe in the Blue Zones mission and I am so grateful for Dan Buettner, his research, and the current work done in our communities. Since joining the project and reading Blue Zones of Happiness, I can honestly say that I've become a much happier and healthier person.

  • Tyler
    2018-09-02 22:06

    There's a lot of useful information, but I felt that this could have been an article rather than a book. There was too much content from the author's previous works, and too much that came from the blue zone happiness consensus project, which was essentially a survey of leading happiness researchers. In other words, I think this should have just been an article in nat geo.That said, I did learn some things that I intend to implement. In particular, most of us probably under-value social interaction with friends and family. The book also included a useful quiz to assess three different types of happiness (pride, purpose, and pleasure). Personally, I found that I do reasonably well on pride and pleasure but not very well on purpose.So, I think there is lots of good stuff here but that there was also a fair bit of fluff.

  • Donald Anderson
    2018-09-02 17:57

    This is the first of the Blue Zones of Happiness books that I've gotten into reading so far.It's got some glimpses of the concepts behind the movement, and outlines many key factors or things in common of happy people based on his research. Though he is thoroughly an expert in the field, I tend to lean toward my own personal experience in the measurement of happiness for me, and thus consider that the pride and pleasure aspects of happiness to be subcategories of purpose instead of on an equal, spread-between, footing to found it upon. I did learn a lot from it and am still continuing to learn more.

  • Britt Hemingway
    2018-09-17 21:08

    Full disclosure: this is NOT a self-help book. This is a not a list of "tips and tricks." Rather, Buettner presents both anecdotal evidence as well as data from research studies regarding the world's happiest populations, adding a few suggestions for application at the close of each chapter. Unfortunately for [probably] most Americans, many of the suggestions (working less than 40 hours a week, moving to a new environment, changing legislature to support these findings) seem less than achievable. I did find the research fascinating and appreciate Buettner's weaving of travel stories and research, and found all the tips were at least thought- and conversation-provoking.

  • Amber Cox
    2018-09-23 16:58

    Happiness...Something we all seem to be working towards having more of. In The Blue Zones of Happiness by @danbuettner, the author dives deep into the lives of those living in the worlds happiest places. What you get is a book full of practical tips and lessons that you can easily apply in your daily lives. I loved seeing how those living in the Blue Zones of Happiness, designed their homes, communities, workspace, and finances so that Happiness was at the forefront. I blew through this book, highlighting a LOT along the way. It left me pumped to start assessing the areas in my life where I can start implementing these practices and fired up to get more involved in my local community!

  • Roxanne
    2018-09-24 18:14

    This is a Goodreads win review. I am so happy I won this book. I was watching House Hunters International on tv and the people were looking for a house in Costa Rica. The announcer was saying that Costa Rica was one of Blue Zones of Happiness where you can have a really great life. This book has so much information on what places are good to live in and what things to look for on your list. The common strand of people that are really happy is living your life with joy, purpose, and satisfaction. Also if you do not live in one these places the book the author talks about the things you can do where you live to have a better life. Awesome book.

  • Michael
    2018-09-06 20:54

    I was very happy that I read this book. The basic concepts are not going to surprise anyone, and I am sure anyone who read the other blue zone books probably see a lot of similarities, but I really liked how each section had some practical tips on what may work in our world today. Each country example that was used are different in their own way and when tied to the practical steps that one can take allows for is each person to decide what drives them and what if any adjustments they can take in their lives. It reads well, has data to back it up. Worth the read

  • Barb
    2018-09-03 19:12

    This was an interesting, great book. The book details four of the happiest places on earth: Costa Rica, Denmark, Singapore, and Boulder, CO. There is a happiness test that helps you zero in on facets of your life that you could improve to increase your happiness. There are a number of ideas for how you can lead a happier life or bring change to your community to make it a happier place to live. I would highly recommend this book!

  • AnneMarie Nomico
    2018-08-28 19:59

    If you're even a little bit curious about the concept of happiness, I direct you to this book. The author does a commendable job of breaking down the elements of this sometimes elusive state. I became intrigued about the idea that some people are just better at happiness than other and that we can learn from their success. It's also interesting that collective happiness exists - that some places extol and generate happiness in their people. This book is a worthy use of your time, in my opinion.

  • Sandra Crane
    2018-09-14 15:54

    A great read. Suggestions for personal choices that increase your chances at happiness. Some of the suggestions or examples I think most people already do-like designing your home and workplace with things that make you happy. But there are plenty of other suggestions that might help. Thank you Goodreads Giveaway for an interesting and helpful book.

  • Amanda
    2018-09-14 15:16

    I am already a big fan of Dan Buettner and the Blue Zones, but I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Many great takeaways and tips that can be easily implemented. If you want to take your happiness up a this book!

  • Chandler Pritchett
    2018-08-30 22:13

    Great evidence-based advice, especially regarding the importance of access to healthcare and dentistry. I also liked reading a bit about geographic influences on happiness and I wish the writers had lingered more on this topic.

  • Jason
    2018-08-29 19:48

    Honestly the two hour rich roll interview on his excellent podcast was just as good A the book itself. One part I loved was how they have proven that moving to happier locations can make an impact. Surroundings and community matters!

  • Karim
    2018-09-18 14:53

    Enjoyable I’ve read quite a few books on happiness and I liked the take present here if focusing on pleasure, pride, and purpose. You can make yourself happier and within are tips and advice on how to do so

  • Lisa
    2018-08-30 22:12

    After reading this book and listening to his book Thrive, I want to move Denmark!

  • Theresaharris
    2018-09-24 19:58

    Inspiring information gathered from global research. Fascinating stuff !

  • Lisa
    2018-09-07 18:07

    3.5 stars

  • Nora
    2018-09-07 22:00

    I liked it but wasn't blown away or anything.