How Long Will You Live?

With medical advancements being made all the time, and the potential for life-extending breakthroughs in the coming decades, it’s almost impossible to know the true potential of human longevity.

The longer we live, the more family and friends there are to enjoy, and the greater chance we have to make a positive impact on the world. Citing the sequencing of the human genome as evidence of things to come, Dan Buettner, the author of The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest , says that if we take simple steps to improve our health and extend our lifespan, there’s a greater chance we’ll be around to benefit from advancements that could be even more profound than the introduction of penicillin.

“The life expectancy for a male in 1900 was about age 46,” Buettner says. “We’ve almost doubled it. If we could double it again, the life expectancy goes up to 150 or 160.”

To help you get there, Buettner and his team have created an online Vitality Compass ( Fill out a short survey to calculate your true age based on lifestyle and health, your overall life expectancy, and how many years you stand to gain by adopting the Blue Zones approach.

Want to live longer? Start now!


Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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