Dan Buettner 2018

As long as you keep your health, happiness rises into your hundreds.

Dan Buettner Founder, Blue Zones
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The Happiest Places on Earth

The Happiest Places on Earth

Show Notes

The latest World Happiness Report puts the United States in 18th place, behind all the Scandinavian countries, Costa Rica, Canada, and others. The report, issued annually by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, looks at income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, and generosity. Another happiness list from National Geographic puts Boulder, Colorado in first place because of its high levels of civic engagement, walkability, and healthful food options. Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones sits down with Dan Buettner, author of "The Blue Zones," and journalist Steve Clemons to talk about the relationship between place and happiness.

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Blue Zones

Five places in the world ­– dubbed blue zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California. These zones were discovered by Dan Buettner.

World Happiness Report

A landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. The report is produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network in partnership with the Ernesto Illy Foundation.


These Are the Happiest Cities in the United States

National Geographic Explorer released a report detailing the happiest cities in America.

World Happiness Report 2019

Read that report that tracks global happiness.


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