Living The Blue Zone Lifestyle

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Living The Blue Zone Lifestyle

Have your heard of The Blue Zones?

If you haven’t then let us give you a brief description

The term “blue zones” was first coined by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Explorer and Fellow and journalist, during an exploratory project he led in 2004. After an expedition to Okinawa, Japan in 2000 to investigate the longevity there, he set out to explore other regions of the world with reportedly high longevity and vitality

We first became fascinated with this topic after reading a newsletter called Liberty Through Wealth (the shortest way to a rich life)

The author of the newsletter met a journalist who had spent years researching the health, diet and lifestyles of the world’s longest-lived people in places like Okinawa, Japan (the picture you see in this newsletter); Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California and that journalist was Dan Buettner.

What Dan found was that those people who lived in these Blue Zones were living to a great age but were also very happy with their life.  He found that it was because of 3 things…



The 3 P’s Of Happiness

Those 3 things were pleasure, purpose and pride.

Pleasure includes the time we spend doing things we enjoy, especially with friends and family.

Purpose is the strand of happiness that results from living out your values.

And pride is feeling satisfied with your position in life, your accomplishments personal or professional.

Dan’s research shows that most of us are happier if we live with a loving partner, have friends we can confide in, get at least 30 minutes of physical exercise daily, own a dog, have clearly defined goals, spend less than an hour a day on social media and can articulate our purpose in life.

Apparently we find it tougher to be truly happy if we are overworking, overspending or under socializing.


The Secrets For Living Longer

The book I am reading at the moment – The Blue Zones : Secrets for Living Longer by the same author  Dan Buettner and describes the lessons from the healthiest places on earth.

If you have not seen the Netflix series I would highly recommend it. It’s called Live To 100 : Secrets Of The Blue Zones.

The five spots (Okinawa, Japan (the picture you see in this newsletter); Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, Californiashare some similar elements

  • A plant-based diet
  • Natural movement
  • Putting family first

And has been proven to promote longevity and health in residents.

The Documentary takes members around the world to investigate the diet and lifestyles of those living the longest lives and from which he can now offer insight on how to benefit from following at least some of their leads, because the only thing better than looking good as you age, is feeling good as you age

We’re calling it the “Blue Zone Lifestyle”

The truth is we’re living longer but our future is not looking bright given our declining health and financial resources for health care

Up until 2 years ago we admit we focused on just financial well-being but the pandemic and a health scare set is thinking

We hope it gets you thinking too…

And that it’s not a health scare but forward thinking

But the best thing is we can take action today and protect our future!

Most of us have the capacity to make it well into our early 90’s and largely without chronic disease

Just little steps today can make a BIG difference tomorrow

  • Start taking regular exercise – just walking every day is good for you
  • Start cutting down on processed foods and add more nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables (adopting a Mediterranean style diet is really easy to do)
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Get a health check – if you know what you’re dealing with you can then decide how to tackle it

Side note more people are turning to more natural holistic alternatives vs pharmaceutical medication and for many they are making a real difference

Taking control of your own economy and your own health is your responsibility don’t you think?

We’re certainly doing all we can because we want to enjoy this time of life and be as healthy as we can for as long as we can

Hence our wanting to move to a warmer climate

Blue skies, sunshine, fresh food (especially fish) and daily walks on the beach

We just feel so much happier and healthier and best of all we can still take care of our own economy running our online businesses

Not everyone can do that however

It’s hard to imagine, for example, that anyone can be truly happy if they are worried about their retirement, still living pay check to pay check, facing unemployment or mounting debt and uncertain about whether they can ever really retire.

If you have never given serious thought to changing your circumstances though an online business then now would be a good time

There are many ways to achieve financial freedom through online entrepreneurship as we see from the number of emails we see every day (research driven naturally LOL)

But the fact remains that many are fads or five minute wonders and we have over a decade of experience behind us that enables us to help our readers, students and clients choose what’s the best for them.

There really are a plephora of choices for someone who is prepared to look outside the box

So Chris and I decided to write a book where we share some ideas on how to retire the new way – you can download a copy with our compliments here

I’ll talk more about ways of creating financial freedom in a future newsletter but if you have any questions or want to have a chat do feel free to book a call with us 

While we’re here let’s talk about mental wellness as it’s intricately woven into financial wellness

Your Mental Wellness Matters

Talking of happiness just to let you know we’ll be talking more about health and wellness and in particular mental wellness in future articles so before we go something everyone should take a few minutes to do – take a mental wellness assessment and find our your happiness score.

It’s as easy as ABC

Take it here

Thanks for reading today’s blog Living The Blue Zone Lifestyle and would love you to share your thoughts and feedback.  Just contact us

And if you want to talk to us you can book a free call here

Living The Blue Zone Lifestyle

Chris & Susan Beesley

We’re former accountants and management consultants ‘of a certain age‘ with 5 great kids, 5 grand-kids, 1 grand-dog and a little old cat called Vincent. We love skiing, the mountains and travelling the world and we’re passionate about helping others to start and build successful businesses online to generate them a full or part-time income to support their retirement lifestyle.

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