LIVING IT UP – how we can live long and happy lives

Many answers to how we can live long and happy lives can be found by looking at the common traits of the communities in the world with the longest-living populations.

There has been a lot of talk lately about what helps us live to a ripe old age and how we can enjoy health and happiness along the way. And it seems that the answers are surprisingly simple.

It doesn’t require fancy diets, expensive supplements or well-intentioned gym memberships. If we look to the ‘blue zones’, which are regions of the world with the highest concentration of centenarians, we find common traits exist across these communities. And although genetics does play a part in the likelihood of us living longer, it only accounts for 25 percent of factors that affect ageing.