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» Sardinia, Italy

The community eats a largely healthy diet consisting of whole-grain bread, beans, garden vegetables, fruits, and mastic oil, all of which are important for heart health. Also important, “They laugh and drink wine together.”

» Okinawa, Japan

“Their purpose-imbued lives give them clear roles of responsibility and feelings of being needed well into their 100s.” The people here also favor a mostly plant-based diet.

» Nicoya, Costa Rica

“Nicoyans eat a light dinner early in the evening. For most of their lives, Nicoyan centenarians ate a traditional Mesoamerican diet highlighted with the ‘three sisters’ of agriculture: squash, corn, and beans.”

» Ikaria, Greece

“They enjoy strong red wine, late-night domino games, and a relaxed pace of life that ignores clocks. Clean air, warm breezes, and rugged terrain draw them outdoors into an active lifestyle.”

» Loma Linda, California

“Find sense of purpose, and stave off depression by focusing on helping others.”

Last Updated on May 7, 2023