IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Author: Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

Ikigai, the Japanese term for “the purpose of life” or “the reason of one’s being” is one of the best-selling self-help books. As the name suggests, it reveals the Japanese secret of living a long and happy life.

The book focuses on the “blue zones” of the world especially Okinawa island of Japan, explains the topic of “Ikigai”, its importance in life, and how happiness is not mutually exclusive of the same. The western concept of “Logotherapy” is also briefly touched upon. The book also discusses in detail achieving the state of “flow” in our day to day life. But what has gained the most focus of the authors is the topic of longevity. From the secrets of Japanese diet rules to their fitness regime, each tiny detail has been enlisted and illustrated (wherever possible). From green tea and Shikuwasa to Yoga and Tai chi the secrets of the east has been revealed for the benefit of readers.

The 10 Rules of Ikigai

  • Stay active.
  • Take it slow.
  • Fill 80% of your stomach
  • Surround yourself with good friends.
  • Get in shape for your next birthday.
  • Smile.
  • Reconnect with nature.
  • Be thankful and practice gratitude
  • Mindfulness (live in the present)

The language is simple and easy to understand; the pace is decent. The book focuses more on the “What” of Ikigai and “how to achieve longevity”, so if you pick this book to help you find or achieve your Ikigai, then I am sorry to break it to you, that you will be disappointed. The book explains Ikigai and gives a fair idea on how to find it but leaves it onto the readers to find it for themselves.

The book is a fantastic read and must be there on your shelf if you wish to start off changing yourself into a healthier self. It leaves you with doable tips that can help you to achieve a fuller life.

Rating for this book- *****/5

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