Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

Book title: Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

Author: Hector Garcia, Francesc Miralles

Genre: Self-help book, non-fiction, psychology

Number of pages: 208

Publication date: 1 Jan 2017

Language: English

Available format: Hardcover, kindle, audiobook, paperback

Ikigai” is the Japanese term that means “art of living”. This book discusses the idea of the author’s visit to the town in Japan called Okinawa reason being having the highest number of centenarians (people who live 100/more yrs) all over the globe. They were interviewed to understand the reason behind their longevity and healthy living.
The purpose of this book is to bring the secrets of Japan’s centenarians to us and give us the tools to find our own IKIGAI.

Frankl’s logotherapy (finding meaning in life) had gone out of fashion among practicing therapists who favor other schools of psychology, despite the fact that people still do search for meaning in what they do and how they live.
In the same decade of logotherapy, Morita therapy was created by Shoma Morita that focused on purpose-centered therapy, proved to be effective in the treatment of neurosis, OCD, and post-traumatic stress.
Both the therapy are grounded in a personal unique experience that can be accessed without a therapist or spiritual retreats: the mission of finding your ikigai, your existential fuel. Once you find it, it is only a matter of having the courage and making the effort to stay on the right path.
The ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we all are searching for meaning. When we spend our days feeling connected to what it means to us, we live more fully; when we lose the connection, we feel despair. Our intuition and curiosity are very powerful internal compasses to help us connect with our ikigai.

The book concludes 10 rules of ikigai distilled from long-living residents of Ogimi:
1. Stay active; don’t retire,
2. Take it slow,
3. Don’t fill your stomach,
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,
10. Follow your ikigai.

There is no perfect strategy to connect with your ikigai. We shouldn’t get worried too much about finding it. Life is not a problem to be solved. Just remember to have something that keeps you just doing what you love while being surrounded by people who love you.

Happy reading 🙂

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