In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better, happier and longer lives. In these Blue Zones they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.
After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, Buettner and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity and happiness. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared specific characteristics. To read more about this fascinating work visit their website.
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Bask in bright light! Research into mood disorders confirms that people get a powerful surge of energy and enhanced mood when exposed to sunlight or bright indoor light. Research has found that summer sunlight increases the brain’s serotonin levels twice as much as winter sunlight. In fact some centers in the UK, and other countries where the weather is gloomy year-round, have stopped treating depression with medication and instead are treating patients with exposure to artificial sunlight - and the results are quite astounding!
Each day, get 5 minutes of non-peak sun (before 10am or after 3pm) without sunscreen or sunglasses to enjoy the full mood-lifting effects of sunlight (try to do this a few times a day). If you live in a country where you don't see the sun often, change your indoors bulbs to full-spectrum "daylight" bulbs and try to keep your environment as bright as possible all the time, whether at home or in the office.
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