Dan Buettner introduced the world to Blue Zones in his cover story for National Geographic magazine’s November 2005 The Secrets of Long Life edition. The issue became the third-biggest seller in the magazine’s history.

In 2008, Buettner shared his statistically derived findings in his book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. It became a New York Times best seller and led to a 2009 TED Talk, which has more than 4 million views.

He then continued to write successful Blue Zones books and initiated the Blue Zones Project, which helps American cities create environments that nurture habits that promote longevity.

Buettner maintains that the message is clear—creating lasting happiness...

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