Blue Zones

Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What’s the prescription for success? The author has traveled the world to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. He blends the unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

320 pages. ©2010.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted January 19, 2018


Very good information. It has really gave me an understanding of the Blue Zone project that is taking place here. It has helped my wife and myself to change our life styles.

Kevin Wright

Review posted January 8, 2018


This was such a fascinating book for me! I am 57 and it helped answer some questions for me and gave me some helpful information. I think any age adult could find this book helpful!

Nancy Ashley

Review posted January 2, 2018


While the book highlights elements of well-being, they are presented in a way which may not always resonate with the reader. Of the five Blue Zones discussed, only one is a “first world” community – that in Loma Linda, California. The rest of the people described are living second- or third-world lifestyles, which the reader may be glad not to be living. Some of us may find that a low-carb diet works better for us than the carb-dense, plant-based diets universal to the Blue Zones. The author comes close to suggesting that we first-world people who retire from careers are less likely to have a sense of purpose, to which I object. I have just retired, and have a new and very motivating sense of purpose in helping to form community social connections by running a Meetup site. Most of the Blue Zone people are closely surrounded by family, whereas many first-world people wind up living far from family members. I am a happy widow, glad not to have children or grandchildren. The author does mention, very briefly, that having any kind of social connections, not just family connections, is associated with well-being. But one can finish the book wondering – is the author saying that each of the ways in which I choose to differ from the described elements of well-being constitutes one more peg in an early coffin? I doubt that is his intention, but I do hope that further writings on this topic will explore people living well with first-world lifestyles.

Brady AE

Review posted December 30, 2017


I find it an important topic. Where are people living the longest in good health mentally, physically, etc. The book was not as in depth as I would have liked. It is an entry into the concept that the environment, the foods, and the way we live are worth paying attention to so we can have a greater expectation of long term health. I like the things that delineate where we are not victims by authors of our own wellbeing.


Review posted December 29, 2017


I particularly enjoyed two features of this book, Blue Zones around the world and the quick references in the gray boxes. The book more than met my expectations.

Dick Dolgonas

Review posted December 25, 2017


I have been familiar with the Blue Zones, so was interested to read the book. I was a bit surprised to see the quote from Dr. Oz on the cover, mainly because now he seems more like a TV star rather than someone addressing health. But the book itself is good as well as easy to read; it is written as a series of stories about the people and communities, which makes in interesting. While the phrase “correlation does not imply causation” comes to mind when reading the book, most of the concepts put forth are somewhat familiar. Perhaps the greatest take-away is recognizing this is not about personal resolve, will power, etc., but rather how communities can change based on the “Power Nine” to make it easier for residents to make the healthy choice the easy choice.


Review posted December 6, 2017


So many great life lessons. I plan to make changes for a more positive lifestyle.


Review posted November 29, 2017


AMAZING! I cannot put this book down. Such an interesting book and program.


Review posted November 15, 2017


good book easy to read

Dana Brown

Review posted November 1, 2017


This book presented a close up view of some very interesting people and places. The study team then stepped back to show the big picture of how many components fit together to make a culture of healthy longevity. The last chapter offers some very practical suggestions for steps we can take to shift our lifestyle and culture in that direction. I am super excited about the new Blue Zones Project Umpqua starting here!


Review posted September 28, 2017


Excellent blueprint (had to use that!) for communities, but also for personal wellness improvement. Highly recommended.


Review posted September 15, 2017


i just cracked this book but so far it is a very easy read. lessons that have been gleaned from people living in these so-called blue zones are shared. the author notes that you don't have to adopt a perfect lifestyle but can pick and choose which changes are realistic for you in your life. pretty neat!


Review posted September 7, 2017


Life changing!


Review posted September 4, 2017


This book tracks some common longevity factors found in small, usually remote, parts of the world where average life expectancy is very high and there are a large number of people over 100. At the end of the book, it offers suggestions on how we can incorporate some of these factors into our own lives. There's nothing earth-shattering here, but the observations of different cultures makes it an enjoyable read, and it has some potentially useful information.

Kon Damas

Review posted August 26, 2017


Very helpful read about how a variety of places around the world are experiencing exceptional longevity. The author has a conversational style which works to keep the reader curious and eager to hear the factors which may preserve health over 100. I will recommend it to people who I like.

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Review posted August 22, 2017


I enjoyed this book about the Blue Zones. It is easy to read and interesting to hear about the areas around the world where people live in such a way that they are healthier than the average population. Many of these ideas are adaptable to the average person. I hope our communities and country adapt more of these principles.


Review posted August 13, 2017


this is one of my very favorite select books so far. so much information in this book validated thoughts and suspicions that I had about longevity. I like how the author points out that its not just one aspect of improvement (diet, exercise, environment, etc), but a combination of all to improve our lifespan


Review posted August 9, 2017


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author did a great job of telling the stories of the centenarians, helping the reader to feel a connection with their lives. This book also gave me great steps to apply in my own life to live a longer, happier, and healthier life. It was a pleasure to read and I will be passing the book onto my coworkers for their enjoyment.


Review posted July 29, 2017


I just finished reading The Blue Zones and I can't help but being inspired by the book. I'm convinced that that is not the places (the so-called blue zones) that make it feasible for healthy longevity, but rather the life styles and attitudes imbued in the culture of those regions that become the determining factors. This is a good read that I recommend.


Review posted July 21, 2017


This is a great book to help me understand the framework as we get ready to introduce this initiative in our community. There are some redundant portions, but worth the read.


Review posted July 15, 2017


We studied this subject in our Adult Development class so when I saw this book on here I was very excited to further my knowledge of the subject. This book is a good read and gives the reader something to think about as far as living a long, healthy, happy life. This hits home as a college student it is easy to forget about the things that REALLY matter not just the studying and finals I am currently surrounded by. This book was an excellent mind reset and I highly recommend.


Review posted July 10, 2017


A readable account of communities with a higher concentration of centenarians. Mostly anecdotal, with some research sprinkled through. Getting a peak into their everyday lives kept the pages turning.


Review posted July 7, 2017


Great book. Blue Zones are those areas in the world where large numbers of residents live statistically longer lives than the rest of us- typically residents live to be over 100 years old. What is different about those people? What do they do that we can emulate? Not surprisingly, diet, exercise, and attitude have a a great deal to do with happiness and longevity of life. The specific types of diet and exercise may surprise you. I have changed many habits based on the messages shared in this book. Definitely worth the read!


Review posted June 28, 2017


Fantastic read!


Review posted June 28, 2017


As a person who is trying to get healthier, I found this book very helpful. The author studied places where people live long, healthy lives, and found commonalities that he shares in this book. The one thing I'm going to work on is developing a broader, deeper social support network. I remember learning in FILP that our social network needs to have lots of weak connections. I've worked on that, and now I find that I have lots of weak connections, but my deeper, stronger connections need attention. My health--and yours--depends on it.


Review posted June 12, 2017


I was happy to find this book an easy, relaxed read, more like a poignant travelogue than a dry text. Buettner's personal anecdotes and detailed observations added an intimacy that begged the reader to make subtle non-judgmental comparisons to their own lifestyle and health habits. While I've known for 40 years that I will live to see 100 years, this book gives good reminders about what habits will make the remaining 50+ years full of life. I particularly appreciated the reflective questions, which might lend themselves to meditation or conversation topics with other BZ tribe folks. One suggestion would be to broaden the concept of 'religion' to a more inclusive descriptor of 'spiritual practice' to allow more readers to find commonality in this aspect of the Power 9s.


Review posted May 30, 2017


Easy read about the concepts tied to blue zones.