Devon Akmon

Random Musings. Visual Interpretations.

Hara Hachi Bu

Several years ago I read an excellent book published by National Geographic called The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. In the book, Explorer Dan Buettner describes nine habits to living longer, healthier lives.

This Thanksgiving, I’m putting into practice the concept of hara hachi bu, a Confucian teaching that instructs people to eat until they are 80 percent full. Excessive shopping, eating, and other gluttonous activities seem contrary to the idea of giving thanks for what we have, no? I prefer good food and conversation, in moderation, with those that matter most. Happy Thanksgiving.