People who live in a Blue Zone have nine characteristics in common, according to researchers. For the Blue Zones Project, these are called "Power 9 Principles."
Move naturally - Get more physically active by walking in the community, do manual labor around the house and yard, and grow gardens.
Know your purpose - People who know why they get up in the morning live up to seven years longer than those who don't.
Down shift - To reverse inflammation related to every major age-related disease, find time each day to meditate, nap, pray or enjoy a happy hour.
80 percent rule - It takes the stomach 20 minutes to tell the brain it is full, causing most people to accidentally overeat. Stop eating when 80 percent full.
Plant slant - Eat a mostly plant-based diet heavy on beans, nuts and green plants. This is consistent with U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations.
Wine at 5 - For those who have a healthy relationship with alcohol, 1-2 glasses of wine daily can add years to a life, especially when combined with a healthy diet.
Family first - Living in a thriving family is worth six extra years of life expectancy.
Belong - Recommit, reconnect or explore a faith-based community. No matter which faith, studies show that people who show up to their faith community four times a month live an extra four to 14 years.
Right tribe - Friends have a long-term impact on well-being. Expand a social circle to include healthy-minded, supportive people. This could be the most powerful way to add years to a life.
Source: Blue Zones Project, bluezonesproject.com
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