My radio broadcasting teacher used to always joke, “What do you want to do… live forever?” To some people, yeah, that’s the goal. To many others, nope, life is too tough, I’m good going when I go. But what if the key to living forever (at least longer) isn’t to tough it out, but to kick back and relax.

When it comes down to it, we know how to live better. Eat better foods, move more (not just exercising, but just MOVING), avoiding stress, and keeping up with friends, loved ones and building a sense of purpose and community.

From the outside, you may look at these type of people as lazy, but they’ve been able to build a lifestyle where naps are welcome, and eating healthy is no big deal.

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Author Dan Buettner has written a thesis that has been 20 years in the making, talking all about lifestyle changes, and he has been able to narrow down 5 different communities where this practice, isn’t a practice at all, but is life, the “Blue Zones” as he calls them.

The only Blue Zone that Buettner has found in America is a city in San Bernardino County, California with a population just shy of around 24,800 and is even touted by the city’s motto “A city focused on health and prosperity.” That city is Loma Linda, California.

According to Business Insider, the city (just outside Los Angeles) is a lively community of Seventh-Day Adventists, who eat more whole foods and vegetables versus meat and alcohol. Moving there won’t guarantee a longer life, but with the sense of community and their practices of a healthy lifestyle, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’, it might add some years to your life.

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