Times sure have changed, and not just in terms of the transition from landline to smartphone, or slate tablet to iPad. Nearly 100 years ago, the average global life expectancy was a mere 31 years old. Now, in certain countries, you’re still a youngster if you reach 80!
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Improvements in health care, safer and more sanitary living conditions, and the near-universal decline of tobacco use has resulted in longer lifespans all over the world. But in certain places, referred to as Blue Zones, celebrating your 100th birthday is not an anomaly, it’s an eventuality.
Thanks to researchers, we not only know where people are living longer, healthier lives, but why. Prepare to be surprised: longevity has less to do with luck and genetics and more to do with lifestyle, which means adopting healthy habits can create centenarians everywhere.
Tourism has transformed the sixth-smallest nation in Europe from one of its poorest countries to a contender for the world’s richest. Being a mountain principality, people walk a lot and remain physically active well into their 80s. They also don’t pay any taxes and Andorra has not experienced any warfare in over 700 years, so stress levels are probably at record lows compared to other European nations. The overall figure for life expectancy is around 82.6 years.
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