ikigai, The Japanese Concept Of Finding Life’s Purpose Has All The Answers

Everyone’s talking about hygge and ikigai these days. So what really is ikigai?

In the simplest form:

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—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning.

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Héctor García a citizen of Japan, from Spain and Francesc Miralles an award-winning author interviewed residents of the Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year olds. ikigai revealed the secrets to their longevity and happiness: from how they eat, how they move, how they work and how they find ikigai that brings satisfaction to their lives.


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The Rules of ikigai

Here are few rules that the authors were able to distill from the wisdom of the long-living residents of Ogimi:

1. Stay active; don’t retire. Those who give up the things they love doing and do well lose their purpose in life.


2. Take it slow. When we leave urgency behind, life and time take on a new meaning.


3. Don’t fill your stomach. According to the 80 percent rule, in order to stay healthier longer, we should eat a little less than one hunger demands.


4. Surround yourself with good friends. Friends are the best medicine.


5. Smile. A cheerful attitude is not only relaxing- it also helps make friends.


6. Reconnect with nature. We should return to nature often to recharge our batteries.


For more wisdom and to understand the true meaning of ikigai you will just have to buy the book.


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