“Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” is a book that explores the concept of ikigai, which means “reason for being” in Japanese. The book reveals the secrets behind the long and happy lives of the people in Okinawa, Japan.
The authors explain that ikigai consists of four elements: passion, mission, vocation, and profession. They help readers discover their own ikigai and show how to incorporate it into daily life.
The book discusses the lifestyle factors that contribute to well-being, such as having a sense of purpose, strong social connections, a positive outlook, regular physical activity, and a balanced diet.
Mindfulness, resilience, and gratitude are also explored as important practices for happiness. Slowing down, enjoying the present moment, and finding joy in simple things are emphasized.
“Ikigai” provides practical tools and exercises to help readers find and live their ikigai. It encourages reflection on passions, talents, values, and goals to find meaning and fulfillment in life.