I’d like to see you meet your personal, financial, physical, mental and spiritual needs.  That is, I’d like you to thrive at work and in your own lives.  Are you getting what you want from work? Are you getting what you want from your life?

I received this invitation to the TEDx Macatawa meeting this Friday:

About this talk

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record setting age.  At TEDxTC he shares 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.

About Dan Buettner

Buettner, a world-renowned explorer and a writer for National Geographic, travels the world seeking out new Blue Zones (he's found five, to date) and speaking at seminars and on TV, sharing the habits that lead to long life. He is the founder of Quest Network, and has set three world records for endurance cycling.


I then surfed out to the web site to find this:

The Power 9 are specific lifestyle habits shared by the world’s longest living people. These lessons, discovered during Dan Buettner’s research in the world’s Blue Zones, emphasize making changes to your environment that will influence your habits. It’s much easier to promote good habits through environmental change than it is to force changes to long-standing behavior. Everything we do here at Blue Zones is in some way related to the Power 9 concepts.

The Power 9 breaks down into four domains:

Move Naturally – Gain 4 Years

1. Move (find ways to move mindlessly, make moving unavoidable)

Moving naturally is the idea of making low-intensity, daily physical activity an unavoidable part of your environment.

Right Outlook – Gain 4 Years

2. Plan de Vida (know your purpose in life)
3. Down Shift (work less, slow down, rest, take vacation)

A healthy outlook is an important component of longevity. The Okinawans call it “ikigai”, and Nicoyans call it “plan de vida,” but in both cultures the phrase means “why I wake up in the morning.”

Eat Wisely – Gain 8 Years

4. 80% Rule (stop eating when you’re 80% full)
5. Plant-Power (more veggies, less protein and processed foods)
6. Red Wine (consistency and moderation)

You know it’s true: you are what you eat. We want to explore not only what you eat, but how, when, and with whom.

Connect – Gain 4 Years

7. Belong (create a healthy social network)
8. Beliefs (spiritual or religious participation)
9. Your Tribe (make family a priority)

Belonging to the right group of healthy-minded, supportive people might be the most powerful thing you can do to change your lifestyle for the better.

"Accept the challenges, so that you feel the exhilaration of victory" - General George S. Patton

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