Secrets From the Blue Zones, Part 2
The final two of the five aspects about the Blue Zones are Community Engagement and Strong Sense of Purpose.
1. Community Engagement
A remarkable commonality throughout every Blue Zone is the residents’ profound appreciation and cultivation of community bonds. These pockets of longevity and vitality across the globe demonstrate a unique social fabric—they emphasize strong social connections and a sense of togetherness.
People in the Blue Zones value community as not just as something they experience during their holidays; not just as a necessary part of going to the local soccer game or a crowd of faces to wade through at the grocery store; but as an essential aspect of their daily lives, embodying their belief that a sense of belonging and communal support is part of what makes life sustainable and, most importantly, worth living.
Blue Zone residents actively engage with their communities. They often live in tight-knit neighborhoods, sometimes even residing as generations together in the same household—eighty-year-olds and toddlers living side-by-side.
In these locations, people in the same community are not merely neighbors but extended family; interconnected and truly committed to one another’s welfare.
There’s an inborn sense of unity and an interwoven philosophy of, “What’s mine is yours,” and, “To help you is to help myself.”
In Blue Zones, community is not just a physical proximity; it’s an emotional and mental sanctuary. People lean on each other during challenging times, celebrate together during joyous occasions, and provide a safety net of emotional support.
And what is the result? Shockingly low stress and cortisol levels, which directly contributes to their longevity and healthspan.
In every Blue Zone, whether through daily meals or happy hours enjoyed together, religious congregating, or shared cultural activities such as gardening or music, a sense of community is cultivated and strengthened. Everyone knows where they belong, and most importantly, that they do belong.
And this pivotal factor leads into the last and deepest of the Blue Zone commonalities.
2. A Strong Sense of Purpose
The people in Blue Zones, often centenarians, possess a clear reason to wake up every morning. That reason goes beyond mere routines; it embodies a deep-rooted passion for life, for community, and for contributing positively to the world around them.
This meaning and purpose could be the care required in tending for a garden, the watching over grandchildren, participating in community gatherings, or following personal passions such as crafts, cooking for their family, or physical activities.
A strong sense of purpose could also be paraphrased as, “The sense of feeling needed.” Blue Zone elders are motivated by feeling needed, and this spurs them into leading contented lives well into their golden years.
Research suggests a strong correlation between having a sense of purpose and increased longevity. In Blue Zones, this correlation is vividly evident. But this principle can be implemented into our own lives no matter where we live.
A clear purpose often translates to lower stress levels (and higher NAD levels), enhanced mental well-being, and a positive outlook on life; all of which are absolutely essential ingredients in the recipe for a long and vibrant healthspan. The Blue Zones serve as a powerful reminder that finding one’s purpose in life isn’t just an aspiration for a fulfilling existence; it’s a key factor in achieving a long, purposeful and happy journey on this planet.
Here at Jinfiniti with our strong community of biohackers and scientists, we are very passionate about extending the healthspan and lifespan of humanity and advancing groundbreaking, rigorous science.
That’s our purpose. But we want to explore ways of connecting and building community with you.
We know that fostering a sense of community helps navigate stress and the challenges life inevitably throws at us. It also helps us find purpose. We are grateful to be part of this emerging biohacker community that is increasing around the world.