The Well-Being Journal

Keys to Longevity: Environment & Community

Jennifer Rudloff

Internationally recognized explorer and New York Times best selling author Dan Buettner has traveled the world in search of the worlds best practices in health, longevity, and happiness. In this video series, Dan Buettner shares bits of wisdom that provide the keys to living happier and healthier longer.

Dan is putting his findings to work. Since January 2009, Buettner has led a successful project in Albert Lea, Minnesota which has helped to implement environmental and social changes that improve quality of life and life expectancy. In March 2010, Healthways entered into a strategic partnership with Buettner's Blue Zones to ignite and lead a broad scale, city-by-city movement to create healthier, happier, and more productive citizens. We immediately got to work, and in December we launched the Healthways | Blue Zones Vitality City initiative in The South Bay Beach Cities of Los Angeles. And today, Iowa Governor Terry Branstand announced the Blue Zones Project as a significant part of Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative.

How does your community contribute to your well-being?

Topics: Healthy Living Well-Being Dan Buettner Health Community Vitality City Longevity Wellness Healthways Happiness Blue Zones Project

Deepak Chopra: Healing Transformation & Higher Consciousness

Jennifer Rudloff

Deepak Chopra kicked off Tuesday’s activities at the Well-Being Summit, inspiring the crowd with his speech about healing transformation and higher consciousness. Consciousness, he said, affects our daily life and our well-being influences the people around us.

Chopra quoted, “No man can step into the same river twice; for he is always a different man and it’s always a different river.” One’s body is never the same in any moment of time – the body you are sitting with now is not the same physical body you had ten minutes ago. This, he said, is how we must think of our bodies – not as a structure, but as a process.
Simply, our bodies are not a noun, but a verb. Our bodies are more than just eating, breathing, dissecting, metabolism, eliminating and sensory experiences. Our bodies are also about our thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, drives, imagination and sense of self.

By understanding our bodies as a process, we can better grasp the concepts of awareness and consciousness and how they play vital roles in our well-being. All of life, Chopra said, is awareness and consciousness. Awareness is the best tool for measuring and influencing well-being; consciousness creates reality.

Consciousness allows us to see the field of possibilities in front of us, and awareness of these possibilities influences our well-being. Your happiness, therefore, impacts others’ happiness because you are the reality around them – and furthermore, the happiness of the people you don’t know impacts you. It is not just one or two people that influence your happiness, but instead, there are several people who are engaged in your well-being and influence your happiness. We are then entangled in each other’s lives, without even knowing we are, and this entanglement spreads, influencing everyone around us.

Topics: Healthy Living Mental Health Well-Being Body Consciousness Health Well-Being Index wellbeing health Key to Happiness Events Consciousness Happiness Mental Consciousness Finding Happiness