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!Read Pdf ì The Blue Zones of Happiness: A Blueprint for a Better Life Ú New York Times best selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of the world s happiest places and shows how we can all apply the lessons of true happiness to our lives In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game changing tools for setting up your life to be the happiest it can be In these illuminating pages, you ll Meet the world s Happiness All Stars inspiring individuals born in places around the world that nurture happiness as well as Americans boosting well being in their own communities Discover how the three strands of happiness joy, purpose, and satisfaction weave together in different ways to make Denmark, Costa Rica, and Singapore some of the world s happiest places Use the Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where change could bring happiness and then find practical steps to make those changes Learn the Topways to create happiness, as revealed by a panel of the world s leading experts convened specifically for this project Boost your own happiness by applying the lessons of Blue Zones Project communities America s largest preventive health care project, which has already improved the health and happiness of millions of people across the United States I admire and agree with the overall theme of this book set up your life home, city, friends, etc in a way that intrinsically promotes happiness BUT some of Buettner s examples on how to do this are a bit outlandish Just fall in love with someone who is financially responsible why didn t I think of that In all seriousness though, it is important to look at your life and surroundings to see how you can better set yourself up for success and happiness. I have read a lot on this subject, so most of it was not earth shattering news to me However it did give me food for thought as far as what I want out of the next place I choose to call home I wish every politician would read this book the info in it should be guiding our policies Happiness of ALL citizens should be a priority, and I think many politicians, especially Republicans, make the mistake of equating a strong economy with happiness Certainly a strong economy adds greatly to the happ I have read a lot on this subject, so most of it was not earth shattering news to me However it did give me food for thought as far as what I want out of the next place I choose to call home I wish every politician would read this book the info in it should be guiding our policies Happiness of ALL citizens should be a priority, and I think many politicians, especially Republicans, make the mistake of equating a strong economy with happiness Certainly a strong economy adds greatly to the happiness of a nation s or city s citizens, but there are so many other factors that are just as important People first need to feel that their basic needs are taken care of, and that is hard when so many people in our country lack access to affordable healthcare We sink a lot of money into our military and homeland security the happiest countries tend to have small militaries , while cutting budgets of things that would lead to greater happiness and well being, such as education, parks, mental health treatment and transportation Dan Buettner shares research on the happiest places on earth and uses that research to help all of us make our workplaces, our homes, and our communities happier places to live There are several wonderful lists in this book, including the Blue Zones Happiness Test, the fifteen cowbell factors that signal true happiness, and the Community Blueprint for Happiness, that are alone worth the price of the book. Blue Zones are places where people live longer, happier, healthier lives These places make it easier for individuals to thrive by incorporating design elements and programs that encourage building friendship networks, eating well, walking, and cycling For example, communities that limit sprawl and preserve open spaces with walking and biking paths encourage aactive lifestyle Wide sidewalks encourage people to walk and talk together Some communities tax sweetened beverages to limit obes Blue Zones are places where people live longer, happier, healthier lives These places make it easier for individuals to thrive by incorporating design elements and programs that encourage building friendship networks, eating well, walking, and cycling For example, communities that limit sprawl and preserve open spaces with walking and biking paths encourage aactive lifestyle Wide sidewalks encourage people to walk and talk together Some communities tax sweetened beverages to limit obesity The existing economy is organized to maximize GDP growth This book asks the question of whether government ought not instead to prioritize happiness as the greatest object of society Thomas Jefferson s Declaration of Independence clearly included the pursuit of happiness as a major responsibility of government Later he said, The happiness and prosperity of our citizensis the only legitimate object of government So what would the pursuit of happiness look like on a local level Certainly it would include an excellent education system that prepared the young for fulfilling, healthy lives It would provide free healthcare, because, without health, happiness is difficult Buettner suggests a national measure of well being should be available to politicians and the public, as a measure of government t success.If you are looking for a book that provides research based guidance on how to transform your community into a Blue Zone, this is not that book I wish it were Rather, Buettner provides a panoply of examples and waxes enthusiastic about many bromides that are already part of the community development canon In a few places, he misses the mark entirely like when he suggests that everyone going to church would create better communities, and that the law should require parent so young children to consider staying together and to co parent with abusive spouses With alcohol and drug addicted partners Are you sure, Mr Buettner.I did manage to finish this book but wish it had been a better one I m still on the lookout for a book that would help guide my own community to become healthier and happier Let me know if you ve found one