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

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

by Dan Buettner


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New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of what makes the world's happiest places—and shows you how to apply these lessons to your own life.
     In this inspiring guide, you’ll find game-changing tools drawn from global research and expert insights for achieving maximum fulfillment. Along the way, you'll:
 • Discover the three strands of happiness—pleasure, purpose, and pride—that feature prominently in the world's happiest places.
 • Take the specially designed Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where you could cultivate greater joy, deeper meaning, and increased satisfaction.
 • Meet the world's Happiness All-Stars: inspiring individuals from Denmark to the United States who reveal dynamic, practical ways to improve day-to-day living.
 • Discover specific, science-based strategies for setting up a “life radius” of community, work, home, and self to create healthier, happiness-boosting habits for the long-term.

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ISBN-13: 9781426219634
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Series: Blue Zones Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 111,118
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

DAN BUETTNER is the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story "Secrets of Living Longer" and two national bestsellers, The Blue Zones and Thrive. He lives in Minneapolis, MN. Visit him on Facebook and Twitter, and at his website

Table of Contents

Foreword Ed Diener, Ph.D. 9

Part 1 Blueprint for a Happier Life 13

1 What Is Happiness? 19

2 What We Now Know About Happiness 33

Part 2 The World's Happiest Places 45

3 Happiness in Costa Rica 49

4 Happiness in Denmark 65

5 Happiness in Singapore 83

6 Lessons for Leaders 97

Part 3 Happier by Design 109

7 Designing Happy Communities 113

8 Designing the Workplace 153

9 Designing Your Social Network 171

10 Designing Your Home 187

11 Designing Financial Well-Being 201

12 Designing Your Inner Life 213

Conclusion: The Power 9 of Happiness 243

Appendix: The Blue Zones Happiness Consensus Project 253

Expert Profiles and Recommendations 255

Acknowledgments 273

Selected Sources 275

Index 279

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