A lazy person’s guide to happiness
November 3, 2017
Few people bring the unique perspective to the mess of questions on the true meaning of happiness and how to find it like Dan Buettner. Over the past 15 years, he has carved out a niche at National Geographic, where he travels the world in search of the healthiest people and “distills their lessons,” as he puts it, translating existential philosophy into practical information for limited-attention-span U.S. readers.
The result has been a mix of journalism, academic epidemiology, advocacy and entrepreneurship delivered in easy-to-implement bullet points. The mix allows Buettner a certain vantage to synthesize information and see it through to the real world. After publication of his 2008 book Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, he launched a company of the same name that works with local communities to integrate health-based changes. His third book in the series, The Blue Zones of Happiness, was published in October.