Blue Zones identify areas of the world where people live measurably longer lives. The term grew out of work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain, who identified Sardinia’s Nuoro province as having an unusually high concentration of centenarians. As the researchers zeroed in on areas with the highest longevity, they drew blue circles on a map, calling them Blue Zones.
Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, identifies these hotspots, as well as factors they have in common. People around the world are using Buettner’s information to create blue zone cities, neighborhoods, and homes. Here are some ideas for creating a blue zone in your own home:
Letting go of stress can significantly increase your lifespan. Therefore, de-stressing your home can help you live longer. Focus on creating areas that instantly make you want to take a deep, tension-relieving breath. These are places where you pursue a hobby, read, listen to music, meditate, or play games. Also organize your home so that everything has a place. Clean regularly. According to Psychology Today, clutter causes stress for any number of reasons: guilt over not cleaning, subtle signals to the brain that there’s more to do, visual stimuli which makes it harder to relax, and more.
Another way to create a blue zone at home: Spend more time outdoors. Blue zone residents tend to walk to more places, garden more, and simply enjoy being outdoors. Anything to reduce stress.
Other ideas: Blue Zone residents have more friendships, laugh more, eat high-fiber, low-carb diets, and get daily, but not strenuous exercise.