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The Blue Zones of Happiness

Lessons from the World's Happiest People
Written by: Dan Buettner, Ed Diener
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game-changing tools for setting up your life to be the happiest it can be. In this illuminating book, you'll:

  • Meet the world's Happiness All-Stars - inspiring individuals whose ways of boosting well-being can influence your home and community as well.
  • Discover the three strands of happiness - pleasure, purpose, and pride - that weave together in different ways in the world's happiest places.
  • Use the Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where change could bring more happiness - and then find practical steps to make those changes.
  • Learn what researchers on happiness consider the top ways to create personal and nationwide happiness, as revealed by a blue-ribbon panel of world experts convened for this book.
  • Boost your own happiness with the Happiness Power 9 - Buettner's final assessment of the most important lessons to be learned from the world's happiest people and places.

©2017 Dan Buettner (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Kia
  • 2018-09-13

Best. Book. EVER. However . . .

I absolutely LOVE this book. I've been recommending it to everyone. I would've loved it even more if it came with a supplementary PDF. There's so much great information that I found myself taking a lot of notes. Therein lies the dilemma. After finishing the book I ended up buying the electronic version so I could have it for reference material. I'm also listening a second time because there's so much valuable information and I want to absorb it ALL! This book should be required reading for everyone. It can change your life!! #Audible1

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I really enjoyed this audio version of the book. Good narration, Buettner summarizes a bit of the information from the Blue Zones book regarding nutrition, then presents different paths of happiness - Pleasure, Purpose and Pride. He goes to several different regions including Denmark, Singapore and Costa Rica.

It was a good read overall, enjoyable. One thing is the Happiness Test in the beginning - it's pretty tough to do the multiple choice quiz via audio. I would have like a pdf companion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-11

Missing PDF

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. Its a good reminder for personal actions towards happiness.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Lawlor and Dan Buettner ?

Depends on topic

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

The narrator describes exercises readers as supposed to complete. There's no pdf with the audio book. I'm just at the beginning but the narrator stated results from these exercises would be used later in the book. I'll take from the book what I can but a bit annoyed because I'm not getting the full experience.

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  • Danna
  • 2019-03-06

On the fence

The author made some good points... but overall the book kept repeating itself and seemed like a pitch for socialism. In a nutshell we shouldn’t work very hard, ride bikes, and everything should be free.

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  • N. Chowdhury
  • 2018-03-24

Meaningful and thought provoking!!

Migrating from a poor country to USA and now after achieving the career goals I can easily concur with the writer that happiness is about purpose and environment has a lot to do with it. This book is a great reminder for what truly matters in human life!!

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  • Sarah
  • 2018-01-19

listened 2 times and bought hard copy

If you're interested in increasing your happiness this is the #1 book to check out.

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  • Scott R Palma
  • 2018-01-01

Pretty good.

Overall good, but somewhat repetitive. Also, a lot on public policy which isn't necessarily bad, but I expected it to me more self help in nature.

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  • James
  • 2020-04-18

This book made me unhappy

I looked forward to reading this book but now I'm returning it.

Seems the focus is to be a socialist or communist folk hippy.

Correlation doesn't equal causation and there's a lot of it. this book is full of cherry-picking data.
Listen to how the transgender prostitute is happy. how we should ride bikes to stop climate change etc.
the book is full of propaganda of things almost totally unrelated to happiness.

Funny in Denmark he notes the higher taxes but just glanced over that fact but in hard-working Singapore, he goes on about how they work too hard. suggests working we less that 37 hours a week with 6 weeks of vacation etc. Sure, I guess we would all be happy if we quit work and lived in a socialist handout government. He forgot about how unhappy people are when those governments fail and people are left starving and sick.

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  • catherine
  • 2018-07-18

Great Uplifting Read

This book is worth the read as it brings your attention to life's important experiences and how to be certain you stay tuned into them and focus on what is truly important - living a happy and healthy life.

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  • Mommaothree
  • 2018-07-10

Great Read! So with your time

I loved this. As a health care professional I am interested in healthy communities. As a traveler I love to learn how many people live...

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  • JulieannaD
  • 2020-04-21

Fantastic

So much wonderful insight into what really matters in life. Excellent reminder to spend more time with friends and family

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  • Elizabeth Thomas
  • 2019-12-22

Loved it

Loved this book. First audible book I have been able to listen all the way to finish.