Book Review: Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Ikigai [Ee-key-guy], the Japanese concept of finding a reason for living, has been the topic of many conversations lately. The pandemic has forced us to re-evaluate our lives, our jobs, and our priorities. This book, written by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, explores the meaning of ikigai, its importance in Japanese culture, and how it can help us lead a longer and happier life.
The book is divided into ten chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of ikigai. The first chapter introduces the concept and its origins in Japanese history. The authors explain that ikigai is a combination of four elements – what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for. When these four elements overlap, you find your ikigai.
The second chapter explores the importance of staying active and having a sense of purpose. The Japanese believe that staying active is the key to a long and happy life. They don’t retire in the traditional sense because they have found work that they enjoy and that gives them a sense of purpose.
The third chapter focuses on the importance of taking care of your body, mind, and soul. The Japanese have a holistic approach to health, and they believe that taking care of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is essential for a long and happy life.
The next few chapters explore the importance of connecting with others, fostering community, and finding joy in everyday activities. The authors share stories from the residents of a Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year-olds, known as one of the world’s Blue Zones. They explain how these people have found their ikigai and how it has helped them live a long and fulfilling life.
The book also provides practical tools to help readers discover their own ikigai. The authors have included exercises and questions to help readers identify their passions, strengths, values, and goals.
What I loved about this book is its straightforward, simple, and practical approach to finding your ikigai. The authors have used real-life examples and anecdotes, making it relatable and easy to understand. The book has a gentle tone, and the authors have sprinkled it with humor, making it a joy to read.
The illustrations in the book are beautiful and add to the overall aesthetic. The use of the Japanese language throughout the book gives it an authentic and cultural touch.
However, some aspects of the book felt repetitive, and the authors could have explored some of the concepts in more depth. Also, some of the advice may not be applicable to everyone, especially if you live in a culture that values different things.
In conclusion, Ikigai is a book that everyone should read. It offers a new perspective on life, work, and happiness. Its message is simple yet profound – find your ikigai, and you will live a long and happy life. The book is a reminder that we don’t have to do something grand or extraordinary to find our purpose; it can be found in the everyday things we do. It is a book that will leave you feeling inspired, hopeful, and motivated to find your own ikigai.
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(as of Mar 26, 2023 23:19:20 UTC – Details)