Belong


The 7th secret in the 9 secrets of the longest living people from Dan Buettner's Blue Zones is to Belong.  Here's what he says: Belong
 All but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community. Denomination doesn’t seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy. Ask yourself these questions about your own journey of belonging: What capacities and gifts do I have that I can share with others? What supports do I need to share them? Are enough people engaged in my life? Do the people in my life hold a belief and hope for a brighter, better future? According to Wikipedia "The Pacific Northwest has the lowest rate of church attendance in the United States and consistently reports the highest percentage of atheism; this is most pronounced on the part of the region west of the Cascades. A recent study indicates that one quarter of those in Washington and Oregon believe in no religion. So, how do those of us in the northwest find spiritual community? Let us know your response.