Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and author. As a pioneer in exploration and education, he has traveled the world to find the best practices in health, longevity, and happiness. Buettner's National Geographic cover story on longevity, "The Secrets of Living Longer," was one of the top-selling issues in history and a made him a finalist for a national magazine award. His 2008 book, The Blue Zones, hit the New York Times bestseller list. He also founded Blue Zones®, a lifestyle brand specializing in individual health products and community well-being programs.
In Thrive, his most recent book, Buettner reports on the surprising findings from his five-year global study on the keys to personal happiness. In addition to sharing his extraordinary accounts of the happiest people on the planet, Buettner details how to incorporate these powerful characteristics into our daily routine so that we, too, can thrive.
In 2010, Dan Buettner and his partner, Healthways, began applying the principles of The Blue Zones and Thrive to the Beach Cities of South Los Angeles to measurably increase life expectancy and well-being. Buettner's previous community health program, the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project, won nationwide praise. Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University's Dr. Walter Willet called the results "stunning."
Buettner has appeared as a longevity and happiness expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC World News, CBS's The Early Show, Dateline and CNN.
"Thrive" explores the four places where people are happiest and reveals the cultural dimensions and personal habits that explain their high level of well-being. In pursuit of the quest to determine what these people do that’s unique and how we can adapt their secrets to fit our lives, Buettner traveled to Denmark; Monterrey, Mexico; San Luis Obispo, CA; and Singapore. What helps people in these places to THRIVE?