The Island Where People Forget to Die

by Brian

The Island Where People Forget to Die by Dan Buettner at The New York Times

Ikaria, Greece is named after Icarus–a Greek mythological figure who died tragically young after flying too close to the sun. The tale is a classic story in the dangers of not listening to one’s elders. Oddly enough, Ikaria boasts one of the oldest populations of people in the world. Heeding the cautionary tale of Icarus, what about longevity can be learned from the island’s many centenarians?  Quite a lot: not just the diet, not just the many hills that must be climbed daily, and not just the many hours of sleep each Ikarian gets each night. Rather, it is the community as a whole, and the reinforcing impact this has on everyone’s behavior.