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Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-ch Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well The Danish word hygge is one of those beautiful words that doesn't directly translate into English, but it more or less means comfort, warmth or togetherness. Hygge is the feeling you get when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, in warm knitted socks, in front of the fire, when it is dark, cold and stormy outside. It that feeling when you are sharing good, comfort food with your closest friends, by candle light and exchanging easy conversation. It is those cold, crisp blue sky mornings when the light through your window is just right. Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living Step aside Hygge. Lagom is the new Scandi lifestyle trend taking the world by storm. This delightfully illustrated book gives you the lowdown on this transformative approach to life and examines how the lagom ethos has helped boost Sweden to the No.10 ranking in 2017's World Happiness Report.Lagom (pronounced 'lah-gom') has no equivalent in the English language but is loosely translated as 'not too little, not too much, just right'. It is widely believed that the word comes from the Viking term 'laget om', for when a mug of mead was passed around a circle and there was just enough for everyone to get a sip.


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Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-ch Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well The Danish word hygge is one of those beautiful words that doesn't directly translate into English, but it more or less means comfort, warmth or togetherness. Hygge is the feeling you get when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, in warm knitted socks, in front of the fire, when it is dark, cold and stormy outside. It that feeling when you are sharing good, comfort food with your closest friends, by candle light and exchanging easy conversation. It is those cold, crisp blue sky mornings when the light through your window is just right. Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living Step aside Hygge. Lagom is the new Scandi lifestyle trend taking the world by storm. This delightfully illustrated book gives you the lowdown on this transformative approach to life and examines how the lagom ethos has helped boost Sweden to the No.10 ranking in 2017's World Happiness Report.Lagom (pronounced 'lah-gom') has no equivalent in the English language but is loosely translated as 'not too little, not too much, just right'. It is widely believed that the word comes from the Viking term 'laget om', for when a mug of mead was passed around a circle and there was just enough for everyone to get a sip.

30 review for Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, The Little Book of Lykke, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wei Hao

    Some notes I have taken: 1. Fill your belly to 80% - Hara hachi bu p14 2. Form close bonds within local communities- Moai p15 3. A sound mind in a sound body - mens sans in corpore sano p20 4. Learn something new everyday, play games and interact with other people p22 5. Practise mindfulness through focusing on the self and meditation p26 6. Replace junk food with fruits 7. Get 7-9 hours of sleep everyday 8. Play with children or pets p29 9. A positive attitude & emotional awareness (ability to manage e Some notes I have taken: 1. Fill your belly to 80% - Hara hachi bu p14 2. Form close bonds within local communities- Moai p15 3. A sound mind in a sound body - mens sans in corpore sano p20 4. Learn something new everyday, play games and interact with other people p22 5. Practise mindfulness through focusing on the self and meditation p26 6. Replace junk food with fruits 7. Get 7-9 hours of sleep everyday 8. Play with children or pets p29 9. A positive attitude & emotional awareness (ability to manage emotions) 10. Serenity in the face of a setback p31 11. Humour can break negative cycles and reduce anxiety p42 12. We all have the capacity to do noble or terrible things. The side of the equation we end up on depends on our decisions, not on the conditions in which we find ourselves p42 13. In feelings, it is best to be wealthy and generous p47 14. Morita therapy: 1) Accept your feelings, 2) Do what you should be doing, 3) Discover your life’s purpose p47 15. Naikan meditation: Ask yourself (i) What have I received from person X? (ii) What have I given to person X? (iii) What problems have I caused person X? p50 16. Seven conditions for achieving flow p58 i) Knowing what to do ii) Knowing how to do it iii) Knowing how well you are doing iv) Knowing where to go (where navigation is involved) v) Perceiving significant challenges vi) Perceiving significant skills vii) Being free from distractions 17. Flow strategies: 1) Choose a challenging task (but not too difficult!) 2) Have clear and concrete objectives and focus on the process 3) Concentrate on a single task by being in a distraction-free environment & having control over what we are doing at every moment p58-70 18. Happiness is in the doing, not in the result p85 19. The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for p111 20. Don’t worry, open your heart to people with a nice smile on your face, go out in the street and say hello to people p112 21. Talking each day with the people you love, that’s the secret to a long life p115 22. Always staying busy, but doing one thing at a time, without getting overwhelmed p116 23. Hara hachi bu: Stop eating when you notice you’re almost full but could have a little more p125 24. It’s not what happens to you, but how you react that matters p169 25. Being aware of the impermanence of things does not have to make us sad; it should help us love the present moment and those who surround us p171 26. Ichi-go ichi-e - this moment exists only now and won’t come again. We should enjoy the moment and not lose ourselves in worries about the past or the future p172 27. Focus on the present and enjoy each moment that life brings us p173 28. Wabi-sabi - appreciate the beauty of imperfection as an opportunity for growth p173 29. Antifragility - things that get stronger when they are harmed p174 30. How to be antifragile: 1) Create more options 2) Bet conservatively in certain areas and take many small risks in others 3) Get rid of the things that make you fragile p176 31. Happiness is always determined by your heart p182 32. Life is not a problem to be solved. Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you p183 33. Ten rules of ikigai i) Stay active; don’t retire ii) Take it slow iii) Don’t fill your stomach iv) Surround yourself with good friends v) Get in shape for your next birthday vi) Smile vii) Reconnect with nature viii) Give thanks ix) Live in the moment x) Follow your ikigai

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shailaja

    If ever there was a book to help you step back, slow down and contemplate on the meaning of life, this would be it. The pace is unhurried and that is exactly how you should read the book. Not in a single sitting but over a week or ten days. Savour each chapter, make notes, write things down when they touch a chord. Ikigai helps you understand so many beautiful things in the sheer simplicity in which it's conveyed. In an increasingly cynical world, we all need ikigai.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tan Markovic

    A really interesting little read. Has given me ideas of lots of other things I want to explore this year.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked the message of this book and the concept of ikigai, but I found the book focused more on longevity and how centenarians claim they were able to live so long. It was mashed together strangely and didn’t flow well. There were chapters describing step by step how to do a sun salutation or some basic movements of tai chi, which I felt was just unnecessary way to fill up some pages. I listened to the audiobook, and was disappointed by how horribly the narrator pronounced Japanese terms. Overa I liked the message of this book and the concept of ikigai, but I found the book focused more on longevity and how centenarians claim they were able to live so long. It was mashed together strangely and didn’t flow well. There were chapters describing step by step how to do a sun salutation or some basic movements of tai chi, which I felt was just unnecessary way to fill up some pages. I listened to the audiobook, and was disappointed by how horribly the narrator pronounced Japanese terms. Overall, this book attempted to offer some good advice, but it needed to expand more on the core focus of ikigai.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonas

    I don’t think the writers are comprehensive enough to grasp the core philosophy in “Ikigai”. Even they’ve done their research, the overall insights are shallow and subjective. I found it frustrating to read after the first chapter. I basically skipped through the whole book. The book is more about their own understanding and commentaries on “what Ikigai is”. If you are new to Ikigai, looking for a decent intro to it, this is definitely not your book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I was hoping this book would focus on ways to actually discover your Ikigai, but it didn't.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aesaan

    "Life is not a problem to be solved, just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you." Ikigai is a beautiful little read about the simple ways of life and the peace of mind. About happiness, appreciation and connecting with nature. If you are looking for some great revelation after reading this little book, then just know... it's not happening. It's only meant to slow you down, rethink, focus, and live a long ha "Life is not a problem to be solved, just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you." Ikigai is a beautiful little read about the simple ways of life and the peace of mind. About happiness, appreciation and connecting with nature. If you are looking for some great revelation after reading this little book, then just know... it's not happening. It's only meant to slow you down, rethink, focus, and live a long happy life. The 10 rules of Ikigai: 1. Stay active, dont retire... 2. Take it slow... 3. Fill your belly to 80%... 4. Surround yourself with good friends. 5. Get in shape for your next birthday. 6. SMILE! 7. Reconnect with nature. 8. Give thanks... 9. Live in the moment. Stop regretting the past and fearing the future. 10. Follow your Ikigai, your passion, your purpose. This book isn't meant to change your life, however, it may very well, it depends on how you take it. Its a short read and definitely worth checking out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Manoj Arora

    I, hereby, list down the 26 inspirational lessons that i learnt from this awesome book. I know that I need to keep practicing these learning day in and day out. These learning are worded and appended in a way that makes it easier for most of us to understand and absorb... Thought Provoking Life Lessons from the Book 1/ A wise person should not ignore life's pleasures, but should always remain conscious of how easy it is to be enslaved by them. You have to be prepared for those pleasures disappeari I, hereby, list down the 26 inspirational lessons that i learnt from this awesome book. I know that I need to keep practicing these learning day in and day out. These learning are worded and appended in a way that makes it easier for most of us to understand and absorb... Thought Provoking Life Lessons from the Book 1/ A wise person should not ignore life's pleasures, but should always remain conscious of how easy it is to be enslaved by them. You have to be prepared for those pleasures disappearing in no time. 2/ Present is all that exists, and is the only thing that we can control. 3/ Things that we love are like the leaves of a tree. They can fall any moment with a gust of wind. Everything that we have, and everyone we love will disappear at some point. We have to be mindful of this, without being pessimistic about it. It should help us love the present moment and those who surround us in this moment. Keeping this in mind helps helps us avoid excessive pain in times of loss. 4/ There is no perfect strategy to connecting with our Ikigai. Don't worry too much about finding it. Life is not a problem to be solved. Just be busy with what you love, at the same time being surrounded by people who love you. 5/ We don't create the meaning of our life, we discover it. 6/ We each have a unique reason for being, which can be adjusted or transformed many times over the years. Daily Health Habits - Secrets to long life from Super centenarians (110+ age) Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. Okinawa has the highest life expectancy in Japan, and it is remarkable considering the fact that it was one of the worst affected provinces after WW/II. 1/ Japanese stop eating when their stomachs are 80% full. 2/ Just like exercising for the body is important, exercising for brain is also important. Otherwise, it can stagnate and go out of shape. In fact, the brain needs a lot more stimulation to stay in shape. As you get habitual of things, the brain develops neuronic bridges that can do things automatically for you, just like learning to drive a car. When this happens, it doesn't need to think anymore, unless it confronts with new information. It is like a person just eating and doing no exercise. That is why it is so important to expose yourself to change, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone and feeling anxious. Dealing with new situations, learning something new everyday, playing games, and interacting with others seem to be effective anti aging strategies for mind. 3/ Stress is a proven killer. So, while challenges are good for keeping mind and body active, we should adjust our high stress life styles to avoid premature ageing. 4/ While sustained, intense stress is a known enemy, low levels of intermediate stress have been shown to be beneficial. People who maintained low levels of stress, faced challenges and put their soul into their work lived longer than those who chose a more relaxed lifestyle. Financial Freedom gives you an opportunity, not to retire and relax, but to burn yourself in things that you love doing. 5/ Relax. Slow down a little. Eat and Sleep well. Everything is fine. Life is a marathon, not a 100 m sprint. 6/ Keep your mind and body busy. 7/ People with clear purpose never retire and continue in their area of passion till their last breath. 8/ If you want to stay busy (one secret to longevity) when there's no need to work, there has to be an Ikigai on your horizon, a purpose that guides you throughout your life and pushes you to make things of beauty and utility for the community and yourself. 9/ Smile. Say hello to people. 10/ Work very hard, but on your ikigai. Working hard doesn't mean you have to take it too seriously. Effort is important, not the result. You have to enjoy what you do. 11/ Spend your morning in your vegetable garden. 100% of interviewed super centenarians kept a vegetable garden. 12/ Do many different things every day. Always stay busy, but do one thing at a time without getting overwhelmed. Not even one of the interviewed person was ever seen doing nothing. 13/ Celebrate little things. 14/ People who live the longest are not the ones who do most exercises but the ones who move the most. Metabolism slows down 90% after 30 minutes of sitting. After 2 hours, good cholesterol drops 20%. Just getting up for 5 minutes is going to get things moving. Eating Habits - Secrets to long life from Super centenarians (110+ age) 1/ Eat a bit of everything. Variety is key. Eat a wide variety of foods, especially vegetables 2/ Okinawa people rarely eat sugar, and even if they have to, its cane sugar. No sweets or chocolates. 3/ They have extremely low salt intakes. - less than 10 g of salt per day. 4/ Eat less than you feel the urge for. This saves significant energy consumed in digestion. Even more efficient is the 5:2 diet, means eat regular for 5 days and fast for 2 days. This allows the digestive system some rest as well. 5/ Jasmine tea (green tea with jasmine) or white tea is the best for reducing blood cholesterol levels and fights free radicals. 6/ Eat lot of citrus fruits. They have chemicals which prevent cancer, diabetes and obesity. Interesting Discoveries from the book 1/ Wabi Sabi It is a Japanese concept that shows us the beauty of fleeting, changeable and imperfect nature of the world around us. Beauty can be found in things that are flawed and incomplete. In fact, the Japanese believe that such things resemble the natural world more closely and hence must be valued. It is quite opposite to the western way of thinking which strives for perfection in everything. 2/ Ichi-go ichi-e It is another Japanese concept which can be translated as 'This moment exists only now and won't come again'. A deeper understanding and appreciation of every moment can help us lead a happier life. 3/ Anti-fragility Fragile gets weakened when harmed. Resilient or robust resist the shock and stay the same. Anti fragile gets better when harmed. Fighting for financial freedom adds anti fragility to your financial life. By adopting an anti fragile attitude, we start to love setbacks, because each setback is an opportunity to grow. We find a way to get stronger with every blow, staying focused on our ikigai. 4/ Logo therapy This was popularised by Victor Frankl and it essentially is a philosophy which helps you find reasons to live. He believed that everything can be taken from a human but one thing - the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given situation 5/ Flow It is a state in which one is so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. The experience itself is so enjoyable that people would do it for the sheer sake of doing it. To achieve flow: a) Choose a moderately difficult task, b) Have a clear objective, c) Concentrate on a single task at a time. Human brain cannot multi task. We feel we can do so but what is actually happening is that we are switching between many tasks very frequently. This drains energy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heena

    Seems like the writers were not in the "flow" while writing this one. It seemed like a very superficial and incoherent attempt in trying to figure something out, which eventually they don't.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Supriya Saran

    If you are looking for some great revelation after reading this one … its not coming! I picked up this book not because it was highly recommended; held a pride of place at the local bookstore or had a cover that I just fell in love with and had to have, but because I needed that joy and meaning in my life right now (it has been a tough year) that the book blurb spoke of. As mentioned there were no revelations, there is nothing there that we don’t already know! No, we probably know but don’t foll If you are looking for some great revelation after reading this one … its not coming! I picked up this book not because it was highly recommended; held a pride of place at the local bookstore or had a cover that I just fell in love with and had to have, but because I needed that joy and meaning in my life right now (it has been a tough year) that the book blurb spoke of. As mentioned there were no revelations, there is nothing there that we don’t already know! No, we probably know but don’t follow! I know green tea is good for me, but I just don’t have it. (even though I have enough of them bought and stocked at home) I would say that book was like a reminder for me, reiterating all that I already know to be good for me. Things that one just takes for granted and moves on ... the green tea being one case in point. The authors take us on a journey to Okinawa and ‘the village of longevity’ and you wonder ‘is it really that simple?’ Yes, that is what it precisely is, simple. There are quotes and interviews with centenarians who lead a simple live, eat simple food, are social and friendly, sleep the requisite amount of hours, keep busy and moving and yes, drink that awful tasting green tea!! So you take away all of that and wonder that you are already doing all of that, aren’t you? But are you? Simple suggestions like not picking up your phone for an hour before you sleep and wake up are some of the things that one never even thought one was doing unconsciously - I know I have to reduce screen time, but have I done it? It gets a bit technical at times, with all the referencing and counter referencing articles and theories related to the subject, but if you do manage to trudge along (like I did) you will be able to glean some of the gems along the way, and come to think of it, like me, you may want to go for a second reading just to highlight some portions that are worth emulating. Now let me go make myself a cup of that green tea. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karan

    I found absolutely nothing new or insightful in this book. A very poor and superficial attempt at trying to figure out what it claims to figure out. Eventually I had to just skip through the pages just to mark it as read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pankaj Sarma

    A quick read. The language used is quite lucid and the pace is pretty decent, which worked perfectly because this book requires a calm mind to read. The book offers some awesome life lessons we can inhale. The book also explores different ways to keep ourselves healthy and securing a better tomorrow for the greater good. I highly recommend this for self-improvement.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Niels Philbert

    The idea of the book is good. I can understand the appeal. And the idea of ikigai is also good in a common sense kind of way. The structure is a bit of a mess though. It surfs above some areas and goes into so much detail in others, that it hurts the flow of the reading. The book does not succeed in providing more than observations around behaviour and seems to jump feet first into the "correlation equals causality"-trap. It's not a guide og help to living in the modern world and was more "move to The idea of the book is good. I can understand the appeal. And the idea of ikigai is also good in a common sense kind of way. The structure is a bit of a mess though. It surfs above some areas and goes into so much detail in others, that it hurts the flow of the reading. The book does not succeed in providing more than observations around behaviour and seems to jump feet first into the "correlation equals causality"-trap. It's not a guide og help to living in the modern world and was more "move to a cabin in the woods with friends" approach. I missed more critically thinking around the effect of genes in picking out specific geographical areas and concluding that is must be the food and attitude, that makes this population live longer and happier. The Stress Solution: The 4 Steps to Reset Your Body, Mind, Relationships and Purpose is a better and more concrete book. Less philosophical and fluffy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brick&rope

    Remind me never to judge a book by its cover. A soothing, calm blue, stylistic cherry blossom impression, hardcover matt finish, small, pocket book size, aggressively promoted with prime shelf space in every airport bookstore - back in the era where there were places called airports, and things we did called flying between cities. Add to it a rather bold claim as sub-title: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Well, I got suckered. Who doesn't want a long and happy life? About 200 uninsp Remind me never to judge a book by its cover. A soothing, calm blue, stylistic cherry blossom impression, hardcover matt finish, small, pocket book size, aggressively promoted with prime shelf space in every airport bookstore - back in the era where there were places called airports, and things we did called flying between cities. Add to it a rather bold claim as sub-title: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Well, I got suckered. Who doesn't want a long and happy life? About 200 uninspiring pages later, I must admit to being thoroughly underwhelmed. Ikigai was, to me, an assortment of platitudes, interspersed with caricaturish depictions of super senior citizens in Japan. Eat your vegetables. Do moderate exercise every day. Maintain social relationships. Keep your mind active. Participate in your community. Keep a vegetable garden. Don't take too much stress. Well, maybe these cliches are cliches because they are true. But this book surely didn't do much in the way of convincing me of any of them. It didn't do much for me in terms of understanding the concept of Ikigai either. Honestly, if you asked me now what Ikigai is, I would likely struggle to explain it coherently. The one thing that struck me positively about the book (and hence the two stars, instead of one) was the pace of it - of lack thereof. This is a decidedly unhurried book. It is, like the centenarians that it attempts to capture the essence of, langorous, circuitous, and occasionally seems to lose the thread of what it was talking about. The book demands to be perused in that same way. Slowly, unhurriedly. Not with a scientist's temperament, but with a spiritual one. Reading Ikigai brought to mind my (very few, and years ago) conversations with my grandfather. For reminding me fondly of a dear old man dead for years, I give the book one bonus star.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Norsa'adah Ahmad

    An easy read. We can understand how people in Ogimi lived a long life. The authors used some Japanese words in the book. They give few tips to live better. Eat more vegetables and make more human connections. To live is to move more. Gardening seems fulfilling too.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Purvi

    You know that moment when you lift the lid from almost cooked rice & it's flavourful steam warms you, yeah, this book shares the same feeling.. it's all about not only living for longtime, but also fulfilling every moment of life by truly living it! It reflects on various traditional eastern therapies, wisdom from many centenarians, guidance and references of other classics, & lastly, a concised format. Worth having it's hardcopy! You know that moment when you lift the lid from almost cooked rice & it's flavourful steam warms you, yeah, this book shares the same feeling.. it's all about not only living for longtime, but also fulfilling every moment of life by truly living it! It reflects on various traditional eastern therapies, wisdom from many centenarians, guidance and references of other classics, & lastly, a concised format. Worth having it's hardcopy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kaumal

    A positive little book about the way of a certain Japanese people who live beyond the age of 100. This book gives advice on how we can adapt our lives to live longer, which I am very skeptical about. Yes, we can improve how we exercise, eat and work to some extent, but this is very much in certain socio-economic areas. The rest is down to genetics and environment, which many people cannot do a lot about. By telling us to follow certain advice, it doesn't mean we will live to be centerians. Another A positive little book about the way of a certain Japanese people who live beyond the age of 100. This book gives advice on how we can adapt our lives to live longer, which I am very skeptical about. Yes, we can improve how we exercise, eat and work to some extent, but this is very much in certain socio-economic areas. The rest is down to genetics and environment, which many people cannot do a lot about. By telling us to follow certain advice, it doesn't mean we will live to be centerians. Another issue is that quite a few of the examples of healthy living are taken from other parts of the world and not Japan itself. Nevertheless - an easy Sunday read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    K

    My first read for the year & I loved it. "A refreshingly simple recipe for happiness." This book is as beautiful as it’s cover and I inhaled it literally in 2 days. " Ikigai is what allows you to look forward to in the future even if you're miserable right now.” I strongly recommend getting a copy ! My first read for the year & I loved it. "A refreshingly simple recipe for happiness." This book is as beautiful as it’s cover and I inhaled it literally in 2 days. " Ikigai is what allows you to look forward to in the future even if you're miserable right now.” I strongly recommend getting a copy !

  19. 5 out of 5

    K

    This was the most disappointing read. Very slow & there was nothing inspiring. Too dull , too boring. This was the most disappointing read. Very slow & there was nothing inspiring. Too dull , too boring.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    I brought the book Ikigai with me when I went on vacation to Tunesia. One week in the sun, doing nothing and at that time thinking about how I could ever manage to only do what makes me happy and to live as healthy as I can. It took me a long time to finish it. Not because it was not interesting (it definitely is), but because I needed the focus to read it and remember. I did forget it for a while, during a move to a different house, but today I decided to finish it. It is a very easy to read "ma I brought the book Ikigai with me when I went on vacation to Tunesia. One week in the sun, doing nothing and at that time thinking about how I could ever manage to only do what makes me happy and to live as healthy as I can. It took me a long time to finish it. Not because it was not interesting (it definitely is), but because I needed the focus to read it and remember. I did forget it for a while, during a move to a different house, but today I decided to finish it. It is a very easy to read "manual" of how to find your Ikigai, but what I found the most interesting was the information about a little island in Japan called Ogimi. Here lives the biggest percentage of elderly over 100 years old and they all have their secrets for achieving this age, while staying happy and healthy. If you want to live a long and happy life, this is a must-read. What I've learned (and what the elderly of Ogimi follow in their daily life): 1. Always stay active, never retire. 2. Take it easy, slow pace. 3. Don't eat to the max, but 2/3 of what you think you need. 4. Surround yourself with good friends. 5. Improve you physical condition (by staying physically busy, not persé doing 1 type of sport). 6. Laugh. 7. Find nature. 8. Be grateful. 9. Live in the present, in the now. 10. Follow your Ikigai, your passion. Your Ikigai is: what you LOVE, what the world NEEDS, what you get PAID for, what your GOOD at. I think I have found my Ikigai, I found my passion in working with young adults with psychiatric disabilities. But I do believe I can learn so much more to keep it my Ikigai. I could do more of the other 9 "rules" of living a happy and healthy life, work in progress!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Girish Joshi

    Ikigai is the answer to the question: why do you wake up in the morning? It is a reason for being. This book makes grandmother's wisdom surprisingly palatable. Although it takes inspirations form Japanese way of life, and more specifically from a village in Japan, Okinawa, which is house to maximum number of centenarian in the world. The key takeaways from the book are: 1. Don't give up on things you love to do. Don't retire. 2. There is no need to hurry. Walk slowly and you'll go far. 3. Eat less Ikigai is the answer to the question: why do you wake up in the morning? It is a reason for being. This book makes grandmother's wisdom surprisingly palatable. Although it takes inspirations form Japanese way of life, and more specifically from a village in Japan, Okinawa, which is house to maximum number of centenarian in the world. The key takeaways from the book are: 1. Don't give up on things you love to do. Don't retire. 2. There is no need to hurry. Walk slowly and you'll go far. 3. Eat less than your hunger demands. 4. Friends are like medicine. Surround yourself with them. 5. Don't stagnate. Get in shape for your next birthday. 6. Smile. Because you are here, despite circumstances. 7. Reconnect with the nature. 8. Be grateful. Be generous. Give thanks. 9. Live in the moment. 10. Follow your ikigai. If you don't know what your ikigai is, then your ikigai is discovering your ikigai. If this is t00 much to remember than let me try to phrase it in simple words, a good life is having something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you. All you need is meaningful work and meaningful relationships, and there will always be some struggle in your work and your relationships, but remember that struggle is like salt, it's purpose is to make things interesting and adventurous. So embrace your salt, live your struggles, and enjoy your life. If you are hoping that this book will tell you what your ikigai is, then well, good luck, haha. Remember to not eat processed foods and always take stairs instead of elevators.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ANNEstories

    This book, it felt like a warm, soothing green tea to the soul. I like how Héctor García and Francesc Miralles coined new terms like “technical-fasting“, “multi-tasking epidemic”, “sophisticated simplicity” and so on. Come to think of it, they truly make sense. We have to refrain from distractions and return to our focus. As said in the book: Slow down your centrifuge and return to your center- since the mind is a constant swirl of thoughts. That we shouldn’t get lost in the details of obsessive p This book, it felt like a warm, soothing green tea to the soul. I like how Héctor García and Francesc Miralles coined new terms like “technical-fasting“, “multi-tasking epidemic”, “sophisticated simplicity” and so on. Come to think of it, they truly make sense. We have to refrain from distractions and return to our focus. As said in the book: Slow down your centrifuge and return to your center- since the mind is a constant swirl of thoughts. That we shouldn’t get lost in the details of obsessive planning because Happiness is in the Doing. Authors summarized: Secrets to long life: eat well, exercise, interact w people. (I thought- How about the Introverts??! Socializing is anxiety-inducing act for them.🙋🏻‍♀️😅) Furthermore, this book introduced me to concepts such as: Hara Hachi Bu, pomodoro technique, getting into your Flow and of course the term “Ikigai” which if I understood correctly is finding your passion- so it’s doing what you do FOR LIFE because you love doing it. Passion. That’s Ikigai. Just soo much take-aways from this little old book. And I hope to everyone reading this- may you find your own Ikigai.✨ „“ Ikigai: The happiness of always being busy. Hara hachi bu: eating light. Only until 80% of your capacity. Not having that Apple pie after lunch will make you happier in the long term. It’s better to have an objective than to have a map. ⭐️ (Know your *Why.) A detailed map may take you deep into the woods, a compass though, will always take you where you need to go. Obsessing on the goal without focus on the process leads to fixation on the objective. Clear objective and focus on Process are important to achieve Flow. (Be Water) Flow: minimize distractions, mindfulness, technical-fasting (what a term!) only means no phones, social media whatsoever, pomodoro technique (time mgmt of tasks) Concentrating on one thing at a time may be the *single most important factor in achieving Flow. (Oh noes, goodbye multi-taskers) Achieving absolute mental silence. Nirvana. Haruki Murakami only appears in public once every few years. Protective of personal space, controlling the environment and avoiding distractions. (My mind flew to Usain Bolt’s post: Mama told us when you’re getting your shh* together, it gets lonely. But choose growth over company.) With distractions- we act without being prepared. With Flow- we know what we should be doing at any given moment. Ichigo Ichie- this moment exist only now, it won’t come again. Life is pure imperfection.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rathi

    I am not big on books on 'personal development'. The few I read, I found repetitive and falsely optimistic. But, I loved this book. It is short, it is sweet and it had a lot of things that resonated with me. There is some practical advice on leading a simpler life and about finding your Ikigai. I found the anecdotes fascinating and the size of the book just right.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Niranjan Kamath

    Amazing book. Great content. This book tells about how to stop the autopilot mode in our life, find our way and drive to the destiny. It helps to answer many questions that we ask ourselves. The authors have made great efforts in bringing the overall idea including all the aspects, in precise and individualistic manner.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Revati Bargale

    Ikigai- is different for all of us, we all are searching for meaning in life. When the day is well spent , feeling connected to what is meaningful to us, is the day we live more. And when we lose connection, we feel despair. The author says - we don't need huge ambitions to find meaning of life, it might simply be in having a cup of green tea and friends, parents, neighbors to talk with. And we should not worry too much about finding it. Life is not a problem to solve. Just remember something th Ikigai- is different for all of us, we all are searching for meaning in life. When the day is well spent , feeling connected to what is meaningful to us, is the day we live more. And when we lose connection, we feel despair. The author says - we don't need huge ambitions to find meaning of life, it might simply be in having a cup of green tea and friends, parents, neighbors to talk with. And we should not worry too much about finding it. Life is not a problem to solve. Just remember something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you. And one more important aspect of happy mind is ethical eating, lots of veggies and little bit of physical activity. It's a great book and a fast read! ;)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Subramanian

    Easy read for those who want to find a meaning or purpose to their lives. This book gives a lot of examples of East Asian philosophies and principles. It has excerpts from various art forms like yoga, Tai chi, Qigong and their aspects which bring about calmness and focus. It’s not gripping to read continuously, may be recommended for a casual read for avid readers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ishma

    + Learned about Ogimi, its interesting people and their lifestyle. - Another book that could have been condensed into a 4 pager, bulleted article. Overrated by readers, loosely edited, boringly repetitive.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hirdesh

    Review soon...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aravind

    Ikigai The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life is a book of scintillating inspiration to human nature. The book proposes beautiful ways to have a successful and happy life altogether. As life is a gift of Karma, one is well directed to get involved in the personal work of immense significance. And work in front pumps up the spirit of persistence. it aptly describes the work which we do regularly if performed with intense love returns no exhaustion no matter the age. It emphasizes sharp there Ikigai The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life is a book of scintillating inspiration to human nature. The book proposes beautiful ways to have a successful and happy life altogether. As life is a gift of Karma, one is well directed to get involved in the personal work of immense significance. And work in front pumps up the spirit of persistence. it aptly describes the work which we do regularly if performed with intense love returns no exhaustion no matter the age. It emphasizes sharp there is no word like retirement until the mind decides to end. The vital keys to longevity - diet, exercise, purpose, social ties as related to life if practiced in moderation delivers happiness undoubted. The book aptly endorses to embrace active state to reap the benefits of success. Active mind, youthful body is the secret that postpones the age and helps greatly to achieve special dreams.   The person of incredible intelligence makes it a point to get succeeded in stress management. And this is one of the secrets of the wise who is in a constant search towards success. It very well highlights the reason that will age the natural human. Sitting long for hours is the real enemy of youth. Minimizing this maximizes the potential to achieve something unexpected. Also, it reveals the secret for flawless and ageless skin lies in sleep for healthy skin. That which directs us to live longer and better is the purpose - an Ikigai for life. Purposeless life is useless and one certainly can make life beautiful by finding the right purpose. And this does make the human journey pleasurable in pursuit of success. The book motivates well to find the flow in everything we do and guides superb how to turn work and leisure time into supreme spaces for inspiring growth. The perfection attained in the work streamlines the style to flow with high energy to emerge eminent in creative endeavors. It also excellently cites the reasons why the Japanese people are giants in producing new technology and stand as a glowing symbol for success.   The book is adorned with interviews with masters of wisdom who points out the factors which pump inspiration. Worrying minimum, cultivation of good habits, nurturing friendships, living an unhurried life, and being optimistic are the factors of immense importance for longer happiness to an individual. It gets us to know what the world's longest-living people eat and drink for sound health. The wide variety of foods, including vegetables and fruits at least five servings every day, is the key. Eating grains and rejecting sugar is the secret. Eating less is an open secret which helps a lot to live longer. One of the most healthful advantages that the book reveals is the Green tea - loaded with antioxidants that promote heart health and strengthens the immune system.  Also, the self-help book encourages the readers to make gentle movements for longer life. The book is all in all a fitting inspirational read and is the best when it comes to motivation for a persistent character in human nature. 

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arhan Ali

    ✨ Ikigai is a phenomenal japanese concept, which translates roughly as "the reason to jump out of bed each morning" or "the happiness of always being busy". If you want to stay busy even when there's no need to work, there has to be an Ikigai on your horizon, a purpose that guides you throughout your life and pushes you to make things of beauty and utility for the community and yourself. Our Ikigai is hidden deep inside each of us and finding it requires a patient search. ✨ When we look at our s ✨ Ikigai is a phenomenal japanese concept, which translates roughly as "the reason to jump out of bed each morning" or "the happiness of always being busy". If you want to stay busy even when there's no need to work, there has to be an Ikigai on your horizon, a purpose that guides you throughout your life and pushes you to make things of beauty and utility for the community and yourself. Our Ikigai is hidden deep inside each of us and finding it requires a patient search. ✨ When we look at our surroundings as well as events and incidents in our lives, we often find darkness surrounding us. We may be going through difficulties in our relationships, we may be having financial difficulties or we may be dealing with an illness that seems insurmountable. We don't have to be blinded by the darkness. We can deal with this by finding our Ikigai, our purpose to a long and happy life. Within us there is always light, within us there is always happiness, within us there is always joy. We need to partake this happiness and joy so that we can deal with the pain, sorrow and difficulties in our life. Centenarians believe in the principle of "𝒊𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒃𝒂 𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒆" a local expression that means "treat everyone like a brother, even if you've never met them before" ✨ Ikigai is a very informative, inspiring and well researched book. This book will guide you to uncover your personal Ikigai. The best part in this book is that authors have done preliminary research and discussed the real life experiences of Japan's centenarians which will guide and motivate you to find your own Ikigai. "𝑻𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 : 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒄𝒊𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒚 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉𝒚, 𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆

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