Saturday, June 19, 2010

How to live to be 100+

TED is life enhancing:

TED is "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world"

TED is a small nonprofit project devoted to 'Ideas Worth Spreading'.

It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. More than 500+ life enhancing 'TED Talks' are now freely available online, with more added each week. TED is based on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

To introduce you to the value of TED (in case you weren't already a TED aficionado) and to share some incredibly life enhancing research on how to live longer and with greater health, here is a TED talk on 'How to live to be 100+'. I hope you enjoy it and find it as fascinating as I do.

Into the blue zones... how to live to be 100+
What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California, the residents of Sardinia, Italy and the inhabitants of the islands of Okinawa, Japan have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. National Geographic writer and explorer, Dan Buettner assembled a team of researchers to seek out these "hotspots of human health and vitality", which he calls Blue Zones, and to figure out what they do that helps them live so long.

Dan and his team have distilled the secrets of the world's longest-lived peoples into a single plan for health and long life. In this TED talk he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.

In Summary:

The 9 principles for health and longevity can be summarised into:

Right Outlook - Sense of purpose, Enjoy your life, Follow your passions.
Move naturally - Remove laziness, Setup your life so that you naturally exercise and get out in the nature that surrounds you
Eat Wisely - Eat right @ right time
Connect with others - Family, friends, community and have long meaningful relationships

Make sure you live a full life where you engage with your community, the people in your life and the nature that surrounds you. Don't let modern society stress you out. Celebrate your life. Do calm abiding, forgiving, appreciation, savoring and compassion for yourself and others. And check out the life enhancing wisdom that TED has to offer.

wishing you a long enhancing life,


  1. Hi grant, enjoyed the TED on longevity, some useful tips in there. Also liked the blogg before an surrounding yourself with art and beauty, but as we mostly suspect, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which means we can find beauty i nearly any situation or object. Its a matter of how we view it, what we see behind or inside and to look in a positive way at the ingenuity of creation and creativity. hugs mark

  2. Hey Mark, thanks muchly for your comment. You are right, beauty is in the eye (and heart) of the beholder... and if you track it carefully, you'll find there are different types/ways/processes of experiencing and appreciating beauty and art ie of beauty'ing

    There is beauty that is largely cognitively based in its appreciation. Beauty that is felt in the heart. And beauty that is deeply visceral and appreciated in the enteric (gut) brain.

    There are of course, interactions between all these way's of experiencing and appreciating beauty and art. Of course, almost all beauty, if appreciated, is life enhancing. And there is natural beauty and art that is timeless.

    As you say, it's important to look behind and inside the experience to see the ingenuity of the embodied creativity and to see the life enhancing positivity that inspired the creation.

    hugs back :D

  3. Hi Grant,

    Thoroughly enjoyed this blog....will now research it abit further...


  4. Hello Grant, Another great post! I don't think generations before the Boomers were so concerned about aging as we are. Speeches like this one are really appealing because they emphasize quality of life rather than just quantity. The four main points are spot on. I have a bit of trouble with the first and third myself. I get a bit out of step with the "Eat wisely" when I'm developing recipes for magazine articles or my blog!

  5. Hey Jean, excellent point! Quality and quantity, and not quantity over quality. I know also what you mean about the 'eating wisely' point :-) as living with an exquisite cook who has a passion for delightful food means it's not always the healthiest, though it sure is a delight for the senses - which I do think is an important part of the quality aspect of living.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

    smiles, Grant

  6. Great post Grant! The approach in the TED described to me a model for excellence of quality of life which should lead to quantity of life....

  7. Love this talk Grant. Thank you.


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