Find your secret to a long life

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

  1. Walking is great
  2. Tending a garden gives both purpose and movement
  3. 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.

Photo from book showing the definition of Japanese word 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.


Buy the book here (no affiliation with this blog)

10 thoughts on “Find your secret to a long life

  1. The Japanese have the wonderful ability to describe complex concepts with a few beautiful, concise words. Really love this. I’m recording Ikigai in my day book so that I can refer back to it. My memory is rubbish. 😉

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