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.
Available Formats:

Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted September 30, 2018


I learned a great deal from this book. I agreed with what I was reading and in doing other research I feel the Blue Zones ideas are spot on with reaching a healthier lifestyle. This is a book I will go back and read again and again. Great information.


Review posted September 27, 2018


I ordered this book after we discussed the Blue Zones study in several of my master's courses. It's interesting and worth a read if you have any interest in health/nutrition around the world.


Review posted September 17, 2018


This was an easy and enjoyable read. It is so interesting to read about the research that is involved to find these longest living people of the five zones--Sardinia, Okinawa, America, Costa Rica and Greece. I also really enjoyed the chapter called Your Personal Blue Zone--a how to guide on incorporating the practices of these zones into your own life. Thank you to the author for his research and the writing of this book.


Review posted September 5, 2018


Interesting read, interesting subject.

David Soder

Review posted September 2, 2018


Excellent book, well written, well researched. Blue Zones and the recommendations discussed could well be a basis for a longer and healthier life.

Gina Kelley

Review posted September 1, 2018


I would like to give a good review but since i never got my book i can't. I called to let her know that i did not get it and she said she would mail another one but i have not got that one either.

[email protected]

Review posted August 23, 2018


This book will be a great addition to my library.


Review posted August 23, 2018


Highly recommended read! Good information on how to live healthier for individuals, families and communities.


Review posted August 18, 2018


Absolutely love it ! I ordered this book after attending a blue zones meeting and it was absolutely satisfactory!! I’m hoping to be able to implement some of the tips into my family’s way of things to better things for my daughters future !!


Review posted August 16, 2018


I first read about Secrets of Living Longer in a 2005 edition of National Geographic. So when I heard about the extension of this investigation called Blue Zones, I was intrigued. The book suggests various practices prevalent in communities where people live longer. I have adopted some of these practical tips and feel they will continue to help me live a healthier lifestyle. Thank you for this book gift!


Review posted August 8, 2018


Interesting book with common sense ways to live longer going by how those in the Blue Zone; Okinawa, sardinian, Costa Rica..... live. Each shows what they eat and avoid, exercise, natural supplements and other ways to enhance their lives like giving, getting out, laughter and more. Pretty much live an active life with purpose and watch what you eat. The book was interesting to read about different star characters but didn't give much more than what is already known.


Review posted July 27, 2018


This is a wonderful, insightful read for those wanting to explore the realities of how our surroundings shape our everyday lives.

Pamala Joy

Review posted July 24, 2018


Wow! What a wonderful resource of information on healthy living. I loved reading this book, which was written in a style that draws the reader into the lives of both the centenarians and the researchers. The reviews at the end of each chapter are a rich summary of the lifestyle choices which seem to make a difference in people's lives. Although I already make a lot of healthy choices in my life, reading this book gave me some new options for even better choices. Thank you! I am very grateful to have this in my reference library and to loan out to others. I wish everyone could be influenced by the findings in this book, to transform our less than balanced culture into one that really supports a healthy long life.


Review posted July 17, 2018


I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing book. The different journeys of the people met with life experiences. Little lessons such as "Hara hachi bu"...from the Blue Zone in Okinawa or "Plan de Vida" from Costa Rica. Eating healthy from your own garden to exercising daily...but enjoying life while celebrating with others can never put out your reason to live.Having less in life sometimes make us appreciate more and want to share with others our life lessons.

Wednesday Martin

Review posted July 11, 2018


I have learned a lot of things about living longer that I would like to incorporate into my life. I have contacted the local Blue Zone project manager and will be meeting with him tomorrow to see if we can get the Blue Zone project into my worksite.

[email protected]

Review posted July 9, 2018


"Blue Zones" is incredibly inspiring. We can all live happier, healthier, and more content lives. I felt motivated to make changes so that I can make the best and most of the one life I have to live.


Review posted July 8, 2018


This book is Amazing! It helped me better understand bluezones and had so much more details than the what National Geographic summarized in their magazine. I highly recommend to anyone interested in the project.


Review posted June 30, 2018


The Blue Zones is a rather easy and enjoyable read. I would say that nothing in the book came as a big surprise in terms of the lifestyles carried out by those in the Blue Zones. The typical western lifestyle is full of processed food, sedentary behaviors, stressful living conditions, over-eating and so forth. While the habits of those in the Blue Zones may not have come as a surprise, the book was thoroughly enjoyable to read given the glimpse we get into the personal stories of some remarkable and some not so remarkable centenarians. The writer framed the lifestyle and personal choices of these individuals using a format that read like a story (or several short stories) rather than using a more scientific or non-fiction approach. On the flip side, I would be interested in learning about any substantive research associated with the "findings" revealed in the book as the book and findings appeared to be heavily anecdotal rather than scientific.


Review posted June 27, 2018


I'm a HUGE fan of the Blue Zone principles and found the lessons shared in the book to be encouraging and full of inspiring information! We all have an opportunity to live in such a "zone" with mindfulness. A great quick read full of enlightenment!


Review posted June 18, 2018


This is a great book if you are interested in living life fully and staying healthy as you age. The author provides a very engaging narrative of the story behind the concept and research of Blue Zones and wraps up each chapter and the book with a handy guide to the "take-away" lessons gleaned from each of of the research "zones."

Melissa Cribbins

Review posted June 14, 2018


Great explanation of Blue Zones!


Review posted May 29, 2018


This is a very good book to have…especially if you want to live to be 100+ years of age. Not only is it possible to have longevity in your life, but you can also learn some ways to improve the quality of your life. The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner is a book that reminds you about well-known habits to incorporate into your daily life such as eating your vegetables and making time to be physically active every day. Buettner also points out the not-so-obvious ways to live a longer life such as doing things in your life that make your heart sing. Doing things that you find to be interesting and that challenge you, that help get you excited about moving into your day. The Blue Zones in the world are so-called due to circling the places on the map with the densest population of centenarians with a blue pen. The Blue Zones takes the reader to five different Blue Zones in the world where the population of centenarians is quite a bit more than in the rest of the world: Sardinia, Okinawa, Loma Linda (Yes! The USA does have one Blue Zone!), Cost Rica and Greece. Each of these Blue Zone areas have some commonalities, but they also have a few differences that are specific to their areas. Ultimately, there is a recipe for longevity and it has to do with having what is considered a healthy lifestyle. This healthy lifestyle has just as much to do with the foods you eat, the things you drink, and the amount of exercise you do as it does with the community you build, the passions that you have in your life and the ability to unplug and relax at least one day a week. As you read this book, consider some of the suggestions found there as possibilities you may be able to incorporate into your own lifestyle in order to live a longer, more meaningful and healthy life.


Review posted May 20, 2018


I enjoyed the mix of practical tips and stories of people and how they are living the strategies. This was very helpful in understanding the intent of the Blue Zones Project and efforts in Josephine County.


Review posted May 17, 2018


Our county in Oregon was recently selected for the Blue Zones 3-year project. This book has be helpful in explaining more about the BZ process and how it came to be. Highly recommended!


Review posted May 11, 2018


If you're interested in either self-help or travelogues, you'll enjoy this book! An interesting exploration of those living the longest with the highest quality of life around the world. Both an entertaining read, and full of suggestions for little modifications for your own life.

Christi A Clark

Review posted May 6, 2018


On the positive side, read this when I needed inspiration to make healthy choices. On the negative side, the 9 lessons for Living Longer are common sense.


Review posted April 30, 2018


Fascinating information about lifestyles that promote longevity. Very applicable to our everyday lives.


Review posted April 22, 2018


Great information


Review posted April 20, 2018


Excellent read. Well written with easy-to-follow layout.

Lacey Lay

Review posted April 18, 2018


This was a fun and informative read combining both health and anthropology. I would recommend to anyone interested in either of those things


Review posted April 5, 2018


This book was all that I was told it to be by others. Since reading it, several others have borrowed/shared the book. Several of us are making life changes to be better aligned with the Blue Zone benefits. Thank you for the opportunity to obtain these books.


Review posted April 5, 2018


I'm so busy with home and family and work and everything else that it's easy to forget to take care of myself. Worse yet, I say "no" to things because I feel like I don't have time or I'm too stressed. This book focuses heavily on diet, but also includes ideas to reduce stress and built healthy habits that make me more productive. I paired this book with a couple of motivational apps that prompt me to build healthy lifestyle habits like drinking more water, waking up earlier to walk my dog before getting the household up and ready for work/school, and drinking green tea in the afternoon at work.


Review posted March 30, 2018


An inspiring read. An easy to follow guidebook to good health, with vivid interviews with those who are living long and healthfully.

Margene Clyde

Review posted March 13, 2018


This book was very inspiring and convincing to follow a purpose driven life-style. The nine steps are good guidelines to think about and adapt. Would recommend to everyone. Margene


Review posted March 7, 2018


This book is great. I heard about Blue Zones through my small community that is initiating Blue Zones and thought I should educate myself on it before getting involved. It's interesting to see so many different perspectives around the world and I think this would be a good book to stick in one of our roadside libraries when I'm done!

Richard LaPlante

Review posted March 6, 2018


Very inspirational. I had just started to make some life style changes concerning my health and the stories of the people researched by the author really helped to motivate and launch me into my program. A real imparting of keys and a drive for life that we should all experience every day.


Review posted March 3, 2018


Loved the book. Learned a lot about the way the people in the healthiest areas in the world are eating, drinking and moving naturally. I strive to live life as full as they do.


Review posted February 20, 2018


I enjoyed reading this informative book, which was surprisingly an easy and quick read. I especially tuned in at the chapter end 'Blue Zone Secrets' which punctuated the highlights. There was great research conducted for this book, which I appreciate, however, much of the information seemed logical in my personal experience. Being unable to navigate the Blue Zone website for the Vitality Compass was a bit disappointing and hence, I was unable to do a personal longevity test. However overall, I would recommend this book as a wonderful resource for healthy lifestyles.

Lisa K Jordan

Review posted February 9, 2018


This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! It not only gave great advice for a balanced life, it introduces you to many very interesting individuals and cultures. Well worth the read and valuable as a reference or book to re-read.


Review posted February 5, 2018


I completely enjoyed this book and have gone on to get the other Blue Zones books. Lots of information to simplify your life to be more enjoyable and livable. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a change in the course of their life journey.


Review posted January 29, 2018


Author Dan Buettner sticks to the facts and first-person anecdotal evidence in describing healthier lifestyle alternatives that may add to one's personal longevity. While global in scope the motivated reader will undoubtedly try and duplicate these approaches with changes in diet, cultural, and social habits. I took solace in knowing that I currently engage in many healthy lifestyle choices but have the opportunity to do better. And I don't have to move to Sardinia or the Greek Isles although my fascination is heightened after reading The Blue Zones.


Review posted January 27, 2018


While reading this book I feel its important to include ALL the reasons for the Blue Zones, not just the foods, but the lifestyle as well!


Review posted January 26, 2018


A smooth read, this book is great for all adult level readers to include some teens. The author creates a personalized approach throughout, making this book read more like a story. And a catchy story at that! It certainly persuades the reader to join in on a healthier life journey. A life journey that appears to be quite reasonable. I highly recommend adding this book to your collection, especially with Umpqua Valley now involved in the Blue Zones Project.


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.

[email protected]

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.