There is no secret formula for how to live a long and happy life. But there are five regions around the world where life expectancy is measurably longer. These territories are dubbed Blue Zones, and they are located in Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California.
National Geographic Fellow and bestselling author Dan Buettner came up with the concept of Blue Zones. In a recent TikTok, Buettner reports from Ikaria which is a tiny Greek island off the coast of Turkey. Buettner says Ikaria is “one of the most extraordinary” of the Blue Zones. In this community, he remarks inhabitants suffer one-fifth of the rate of dementia as is experienced in the United States. Geography, culture, diet, lifestyle, and general outlook on life are all contributing factors to the relative absence of mental and physical diseases.