Blue Zones Conversations: The Secret to a Happy, Healthy Life with Anna Cortesi

Perhaps you are familiar with the Japanese concept called Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) that means ‘ reason for being”. On my second visit to Japan I went to Okinawa seeking the secret to wellness. The locals helped me understand that living a healthy and happy life is not about finding your passion and eating green salad, omega-3s and strawberries. For them, Ikigai is about discovering the reason you wake up in the morning and the joy of giving back. 

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Why some people live happy lives and others don’t? What is the secret to a happy life? Photo by Sorasak

Located off the coast of Japan, Okinawa is also known as one of the five” blue zones” in the world, where locals treat food as medicine and live longer, healthier, happier lives than the rest of us. Women who celebrated their first 100th birthday already, stay active and focus on physical activity. Okinawa lifestyle and diet, believed to be the source of locals’ longevity, who are known for living long, happy lives, include mindful eating, and enjoying meals which are high in carbs but low in calories and fat.

While the experts are trying to solve the mystery of why are the world’s happiest places the happiest, we launches a series of Blue Zones conversations with world class health and nutrition experts, wellness enthusiasts, authors, scientists and health practitioners who are sharing with you their own story to inspire you to live longer, live better and enjoy each moment along the way.

Perhaps you are familiar with the Japanese concept called Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced ) that means ‘ reason for being”. On my second visit to Japan I went to Okinawa seeking the secret to wellness. The locals helped me understand that living a healthy and happy life is not about finding your passion and eating green salad, omega-3s and strawberries. For them, Ikigai is about discovering the reason you wake up in the morning and the joy of giving back. 
Anna Cortesi shares her secret to a happy, healthy life

Our first guest of the Blue Zones Conversations is Anna Cortesi, a lifestyle nutrition expert who lives in Cyprus and specializes in the psychology of eating and the female body, Editor in chief of Healthy Woman Magazine, she is passionate about teaching women how to transform their body and new ways of thinking through personalized nutrition that suits their working hours, eating habits and overall lifestyle. 

Like many thousands of happy people I’ve met in my travels around the world, Anna never set an intention to create a formula for a happy, healthy life. She had to overcome her own challenges, make better choices and one by one, these choices became a transferable formula for wellness.

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While Anna’s passion is guiding people towards better health, her dream is to establish a Health and Nutrition Foundation where health professionals will be able to battle hunger in third world countries.

Read full interview in the Cyprus Winter Edition

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Dr Marina Nani

Editor-in-Chief of Rich Woman Magazine, founder of Sovereign Magazine, author of many books, Dr Marina Nani is a social edification scientist coining a new industry, Social Edification.
Passionately advocating to celebrate your human potential, she is well known for her trademark "Be Seen- Be Heard- Be You" running red carpet events and advanced courses like Blog Genius®, Book Genius®, Podcast Genius®, the cornerstones of her teaching.
The constant practitioner of good news, she founded MAKE THE NEWS
( MTN) with the aim to diagnose and close the achievement gap globally.
Founder of RICH WOMAN SOCIETY™, the first private community for Conscious Influencers, Marina believes that there is a genius ( Stardust) in each individual, regardless of past and present circumstances.
"Not recognising your talent leaves society at loss. Sharing the good news makes a significant difference in your perception about yourself, your industry and your community."

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