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Make Family a Priority—For Good Health

Peppa Pig. That was the name of the pig on the cover of my granddaughter's book. I was enjoying the chance to spend time with her and just happened to notice her book. She likes Peppa Pig.

I love spending time with all three of my grandkids. Being a grandfather is everything I was told it would be and more.

Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author, has co-authored a documentary and a book called The Blue Zones. In the Blue Zone study, five geographic areas on earth were identified where people tend to have long life spans in good health. Many live to be over 100 years of age.

One of the characteristics that showed up in all five Blue Zone regions was family. In particular, making family a priority was a common behavior that helped many of these individuals live a long and healthy life—spending time with family… the young and the old… the likeables and the not-so-likeables… the whole kit and caboodle… the whole Hee Haw gang… (Do you like my cliches?)

The Bible does seem to support this. Ephesians 6:2-3 states, “‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it will go well with you and you may live long on the earth.’”

I hope you get time with your family this Christmas, but if you don’t, reach out to neighbors and friends… And go to a church service and make connections! And of course, the Lord Emmanuel is with you.

*My new book Holy and Wholistic Health! talks about the Blue Zones and the need for family. The book is now available on Amazon!

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