Dan Buettner's Blue Zones teach nine secrets of a longer life

Oprah author shares his longevity plan

Family first

Sardinians would be ashamed to place their elders in a retirement home. Okinawans pray to their ancestors each day. People who center their lives on family are generally happier, Buettner says. Create rituals and spend time together.

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In Guatemala, Buettner and his team of scientists probed the reasons for the fall of the ancient Maya.
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In Guatemala, Buettner and his team of scientists probed the reasons for the fall of the ancient Maya.

Studies show that people become like one another as they spend time together. So surround yourself with people who are committed to you and who support your healthy choices. Be likeable. Identify your inner circle and invest in those friendships—find a regular time to meet and share your lives.

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