Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

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Penguin, Aug 29, 2017 - Self-Help - 208 pages
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“Workers looking for more fulfilling positions should start by identifying their ikigai.” ―Business Insider
 
“One of the unintended—yet positive—consequences of the [pandemic] is that it is forcing people to reevaluate their jobs, careers, and lives. Use this time wisely, find your personal ikigai, and live your best life.” ―Forbes

Find your ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) to live longer and bring more meaning and joy to all your days.


“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb
 
According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—where what you love, what you’re good at, what you can get paid for, and what the world needs all overlap—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy.

In researching this book, the authors interviewed the residents of the Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year-olds—one of the world’s Blue Zones. Ikigai reveals the secrets to their longevity and happiness: how they eat, how they move, how they work, how they foster collaboration and community, and—their best-kept secret—how they find the ikigai that brings satisfaction to their lives. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own ikigai. Because who doesn’t want to find happiness in every day?
 

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Part explanation and part how-to, this easy-to-follow book gives its readers a look into the lives of a community of people on Okinawa who are credited with being some of the longest-lived people on ... Read full review

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This is listed as being a guide to the concept of ikigai. I think this booklet mentions it only a few times and never really explains it. There was more information on Wikipedia. Instead, this just ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The art of staying young while growing
7
Antiaging Secrets
17
From Logotherapy to Ikigai
35
Find Flow in Everything You
53
Masters of Longevity
87
Lessons from Japans Centenarians
101
The Ikigai Diet
119
Gentle Movements Longer Life
133
Resilience and Wabisabi
163
Epilogue
181
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Héctor García and Francesc Miralles are the coauthors of The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way. Héctor is a citizen of Japan, where he has lived for over a decade, and is the author of A Geek in Japan, a #1 bestseller in Japan. Francesc is the author of a number of bestselling self-help and inspirational books and of the novel Love in Lowercase, which has been translated into twenty languages.

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