- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426218486
- ISBN-13: 978-1426218484
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Filled with realistic, constructive information, this book is a useful manual for individuals and communities to take the initiative toward happier, healthier lives."
"Author Dan Buettner reveals the world’s happiest places and explains environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to the overall happiness in these geographic regions." –The Washington Post
“Start taking some tips from New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner, who has spent the last 15 years studying the people around the world who are living the healthiest and happiest lives, and discovering what the rest of us can learn from them.” –Huffington Post
“Few people bring the unique perspective…like Dan Buettner…he travels the world in search of the healthiest people and distills their lessons…translating existential philosophy into practical information for limited-attention-span U.S. readers.” –The Atlantic
“National Geographic worked with Gallup and author Dan Buettner, whose career has focused on exploring parts of the world where people live long, happy lives, to identify and rank these cities.”
–Travel & Leisure
"National Geographic, Gallup and New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner have announced the ranking of the 25 happiest cities in the United States." –Forbes
“[Buettner’s] latest work looks at some of the world’s happiest places, including Costa Rica and Singapore, and helps glean some insight from people who hail from those happy locales.”
"I am compelled to make changes in my own life and I am grateful to have this tool to
help guide me to creating goals that will facilitate positive growth in the world I see."
“…a great book…many eye opening moments…” –Kimleonia
“I blew through this book, highlighting a LOT along the way. It left me pumped to start assessing the areas in my life where I can start implementing these practices and fired up to get more involved in my local community!” –mrsknitfit
“The book was insightful and caused me to rethink some of my choices. (In a good way.)
Dan’s look at various cultures’ road to happiness has broadened my thinking and allowed me to explore the world from my comfy seat on the couch.” –theminickadventures
“In Malcolm Gladwell fashion, Buettner takes a stab at deconstructing a broad social concept, in this case, happiness, backing it up with tangible research, evidence, your own self-assessment and implementable strategies for exactly that: finding a greater happy.” –Good and Grateful
“It’s a scientific approach to the subject, with concrete numbers and straight forward advice on how to nudge yourself into living a lifestyle that will ultimately make you happier.”
–Thistle & Fig
“Dan has literally traveled the globe in the pursuit of happiness. He’s talked to lots of happy folks. And he’s discovered a thing or two about what all these deliciously joyful people have in common...We are living in what may very well be one of the most dissatisfied periods in American history. But there is hope for happiness out there, and Dan shows us where to find it with intelligence, candor and lots of compassion.” –Jathan & Heather
“Such an awesome read! You know those books that you buy and read within the span of a few days because it is just that good?!??! Well that was the case with The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner” --anxietycoachleigha
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 bluezones.com.
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Pleasure, purpose, pride: these are the three intertwining strands constituting the robust rope of happiness. The Danes, perennially at the top of world happiness surveys, have a lot of their basic needs met by their generous government services. Danes also have a strong community ethos, so they join lots of clubs and engage in purposeful activities. Costa Ricans, who may have an even stronger community ethos, have lives full of pleasurable moments or “positive affect”: walking to work, joking with friends, playing with their kids. Singaporeans work 60hr weeks to get the 5 C’s: car, condominium, cash, credit card, and club membership. They take pride in their accomplishments, and that supposedly makes them happy. Although the description of their harried, materialistic, cramped lives seemed the antipodes of happiness, I'll take Buettner's word for it.
What I really appreciate about Buettner’s work is his thoroughness. He goes into the field with a bunch of scientists, gathers the data, crunches the numbers, and presents us with the best practices. That’s why this book led me to his first Blue Zones book, on longevity, which I consider definitive. He’s also clear-eyed on the benefits of positive psychology: “They may work in the short run, but they almost always fail over time. They’re quick fixes that may evaporate before you know it.” To be happy in the long run, structure a happy life.
I read this book in a day and highlighted 240 passages. It’s fantastic, and should be required reading for all bipeds. As a bonus, the appendix has a collection of Top 10 happiness practices from top experts for individuals and countries.
-- Ali Binazir, M.D., M.Phil., Happiness Engineer and author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible, the highest-rated dating book on Amazon for 4 years, and Should I Go to Medical School?: An Irreverent Guide to the Pros and Cons of a Career in Medicine
There' real in value in learning about 1) the different types of happiness (the difference between the joy in a bar of chocolate and helping out a friend) and; 2) how different cultures excel at the different types. For example, it's one thing to say enjoy pleasure, but it's another thing altogether to do it - guilt free. These are not one-size-fits-all solutions but, rather, lessons from people who know how to do what they do best.
This book makes me quite a bit smarter and one happier.