I recently searched for a book to read, and found a beautifully presented “Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life”.
Long and happy life withstanding, it was the back cover with its four circles showing how ‘what you love’, ‘what you are good at’, ‘what you can be paid for’, and ‘what the world needs’, with ‘Ikigai’ in the overlapping part of the circles, that really intrigued me…so I set out to find my own ikigai.
Book rating: 3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
A study of the longest living people in the world and why they live such long lives, with particular emphasis on Japanese secrets to longevity. Takeaway: don’t rush life, be purposeful, embrace community, and eat well.
My favourite bits
Exercise doesn’t have to be full on
- Walking is great
- Tending a garden gives both purpose and movement
- Your heart rate doesn’t have to go to extremes, movement itself is key.
Piece of interest
Some of the oldest residents in the book do not eat meals to fill themselves up, they leave space and do not eat dessert.
Space for improvement
Perhaps by adding more tips on how to work through and find your own ikigai.
My favourite line to quote
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…”— Ikigai – The Japanese secret to a long and happy life
Read this to find a bit of inspiration and life tips for living purposefully from the world’s longest living people.
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