In addition to the above, centenarians were part of small, robust, like-minded social connections, encouraging healthy behaviours.
The founder of the Positive Psychology movement, Martin Seligman, includes relationships (of all kinds) amongst a key set of factors in his scientific theory of happiness, known as PERMA (Positive Emotions; Engagement; Relationships; Meaning and Accomplishments).
PIrolonged stress is well documented as being detrimental to our health. Stress contributes to numerous health conditions from anxiety and depression to digestive issues and chronic inflammatory conditions.
Those living in the blue zones are not immune to stress, however they have learned ways to manage their stress through rituals and slowing down. Fore more on this see article on regulating our nervous system.
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