The Hunza Valley is a pristine mountainous region in northernmost Pakistan. It is rumored to have been the inspiration for Shangri-La in Lost Horizon, a classic novel by James Hilton that depicts Shangri-La as heaven on Earth.
Life in this paradise isn’t what those of us who live in the West might consider easy but it’s most definitely simpler.
Produce isn’t cooked through but eaten while still crunchy. The people of Hunza normally eat two meals a day: a large breakfast at noon and dinner after sunset.
The Hunza (pronounced hoonzah) lifestyle is an active one. Not many desk jobs or cell phones there and the region is totally devoid of disease, violence, and crime. Days are spent tending to daily life: farming, tending animals, cooking, housekeeping, caring for children, taking part in social events and sports. Hunza children are the best educated in Pakistan (1). The Hunzas’ lives are centered on family and the community.
While the unemployment rate amongst Hunzas is very high at roughly 90%, the people of this region are generally happy and content.
So if we put all these things together, we can readily see why the Hunza people live so long:
The Hunzas’ lifestyle and environment are the polar opposite of those of the West. They live much longer, healthier, and more content. Hmmm…