Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

by Hector Garcia, Francesc Miralles


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*Los Angeles Times bestseller*

“If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something—and doing it with supreme focus and joy.” —New York Post

Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy)—the happiness of always being busy—as revealed by the daily habits of the world’s longest-living people.

*And from the same authors, don’t miss The Book of Ichigo Ichieabout making the most of every moment in your life.*

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What’s your ikigai?

“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—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. 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?


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143130727
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 25,596
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Ikigai: A Mysterious Word 11

I Ikigai: The art of staying young while growing old 17

II Antiaging Secrets: Little things that add up to a long and happy life 29

III From Logotherapy to Ikigai: How to live longer and better by finding your purpose 49

IV Find Flow in Everything You Do: How to turn work and free time into spaces for growth 69

V Masters of Longevity: Words of wisdom from the longest-living people in the world 109

VI Lessons from Japan's Centenarians: Traditions and proverbs for happiness and longevity 123

VII The Ikigai Diet: What the world's longest-living people eat and drink 143

VIII Gentle Movements, Longer Life: Exercises from the East that promote health and longevity 159

IX Resilience and Wabi-sabi: How to face life's challenges without letting stress and worry age you 191

Epilogue: Ikigai: The Art Of Living 209

Notes 215

Suggestions for Further Reading 223

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