Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life Hardcover – 7 Sept. 2017
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"This book is beautifully and delicately written. It is perfect for the real world comforting, easy to read" (Nouse) --a
"Ikigai urges individuals to simplify their lives by pursuing what sparks joy for them" (Marie 'KonMari' Kondo) --a
From the Back Cover
The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world's longest-living people - finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.
Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions.
Bring meaning and joy to your every day with ikigai.
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But there is a good deal more, including the sense of purpose and meaning that is common to those who have lived to an advanced age. The way this is explored and its links to, for example, logotherapy, are helpful and illuminating. Ikigai offers a genuine recipe for living a meaningful life if you are prepared to give it some time and thought.
I strongly disagree with the reviewer who wanted it to be much longer! Most books are badly overwritten and in need of editing: the value of a book is in the quality of its content, not the number of pages it fills. This one is attractively presented, says what it needs to, then stops.
this book is for everyone: poor or rich, happy or unhappy, modern or old fashion, young or old ...
it may change the way that you see yourself.
do not be afraid to read it and enjoy the universal secret of a long and happy life
Top international reviews
The book also discusses certain other Japanese concepts like takumi (specialized workers) and moai (connections with community or friend-circle). The brief discussions have the benefit of being to the point and simple but also pose the risk of trivializing them into regular self-help advice. The book also delves into Japanese perspectives on living life and persevering without getting caught up in artificially-created urgency. But again, maybe the authors wished for the readers to research more or meditate more on the content given the concise treatment of the same.
The chapters on diet and exercises have more details and thus, may be more useful. Certain foods are dealt with in greater detail as is the concept of 'hara hachi bu' wherein one eats only 80% of what would actually assuage his hunger. The chapter on exercises includes illustrations and steps. While they may suffice for some of the purposes mentioned in the book - the philosophy behind them, progressive increments and other essential details are missing or insufficient.
I was interested in the concept of Ikigai and wanted to read more about it. Despite being well-written and presenting modern applications, the book did not fulfill my requirements at all. Some of the condensed content made me think that the extended research, including on-site interviews, done by the authors for writing this book was clearly lost in translation or presentation in certain parts.
The hardcover is pretty and soothing with its matte texture. Inner pages are smooth and heavy with a cream tinge. The font size is good. The spine as well as pages hold up well. Overall, the book is quite light and sturdy. Bought it for INR 460 against MRP of INR 499.
Ikigai is a short but not very short book based on a Japanese concept. According to this concept, we find the deeply sown purpose of our lives from within ourselves by defining our passion, mission, vocation and profession. It gives you tips as to how the simplest things in our life, like sometimes, taking a pause, are what will give us a long and happy life.
I bought a hardcover because of it’s extremely pretty cover. The cover itself will soothe your mind whenever you look at it. The title does go with the book but personally for me, not as I thought it would.
If you are expecting it to help you find your Ikigai, give you step by step solution as to how you can find it and reward it with millions of dollars, you’ll be disappointed. This book is full of facts, real life experience from Japan’s Okinawa and compels you to focus more on you : your health, your choices, your focus and your inner happiness. It will probably be the only book you’ll come across that tells you to take it, relax, but also burn in your passion.
The language is as simplistic and beautiful as the cover and it’s content. Not many tough words and very beginner-friendly in the reading world. The structure to is great with a prologue, 9 chapters, an epilogue and a list of more suggestions for you to explore in the end.
Coming to the overall feel of the book, it’s very cozy. In it’s own way, it also does help you slightly to find your own Ikigai.
I thought it would be a full on hustle kind of book but I felt relaxed after this read. I was ready to take on my tasks stress-free. Though it is not something extremely crazy and different, it definitely is a one-time read for all the hustlers or non-hustlers out there who think they have to punish themselves to get what they want.
Its my own rating no one paid or asked its just my Opinion
I learnt something in every books I read
It has many information about many things
Take a page ask yourself a question
1)What u love
2)what u are good at
3)what the world needs
4)what can u be paid
What's your reason for being
We should always challenge our brain that we think we can't do don't do many of things at once do one by one
Fill new information every day to your brain
Don't over stress little stress is needed or else we will be lazy be calm
READ LOTS OF BOOK 's....reread till u understand
If I wasted anyone's time sorry for that
Have a nice and happy stress free day a head there are many exercise that japense do daily at morning
Anyone can buy and read it is easy English
The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
By Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
I will be confessing by saying that i bought this book just because of its attractive cover, such a soothing color combination which itself calmed me.
This book is all about finding your passion in life, your “ikigai” which will help you to live a happy, content, active and long life. It talks about art of staying young while growing old, about relaxing, about not running behind materialistic things, how to improve your performance in daily routine and to stay focused.
One of the best lesson which I liked was how to be more anti fragile. It talked about creating more options, by devoting time in your passion, taking small risks for increasing your experience and to get rid of the things which makes us more fragile.
Before reading this book I felt that there would be some manoeuvre to follow for finding your ikigai, but there is just overview of many therapies which left me little unsatisfied and disappointed. There were few things like proverbs, quotes and traditions from centritains which I found were not really required. There is no rocket science written in this book but some of the facts are eye opening.
P. S . And seriously I wish I could learn sun salutation and other exercise by reading.
Overall I will say it’s a easy, simple read for beginners for setting up small goals.
Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.
Book starts with this proverb and this literally summarises the book.
First disappointment is that it goes all over the place. A chapter explaining different types of yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and another with what people over 100 years old say. It’s not relevant and felt like the authors just wanted to add pages
second disappointment is the examples. I have a very deep finance background from investment banking and private equity. The authors used a few finance examples to explain antifragility, how to invest, and such. These examples are horrible and I could come up with better ones on the spot.
The third disappointment is a bit personal, maybe I’m reading too much into it, but at various places throughout the book it sounded like the authors were obsessed solely on learning how to live long, not how to have a fulfilling life.
There are various good passages scattered throughout the book though. I definitely learned a lot about various little things to become happier in life, which would in turn make you live longer.
I wouldn’t recommend this book if you’re interested in the circle diagram or you’re wondering how to find purpose in your career.
I would recommend this book if you want to improve your general life satisfaction and want to live to over 100 years old.
Bought during freedom sale 8th-11th 08/19.
Got it for 299/-
Received a book with cover print issue.
A pure GEM. Short (1 hour to finish), massively impactful & UPLIFTING.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept, which means “the happiness of always being busy". It explains the extraordinary longevity of the Japanese, especially on the island of Okinawa, where
there are 24.55 people over the age of 100 for every 100,000 inhabitants!
What I LOVED about the book is a reiteration of FACTS that we all know. Best ones:
- Never RETIRE. (If you have recently retired parents who are grumpy & throw tantrums, give them this book)
- Stop eating JUST when you are about to get full. “Hara hachi bu" means something like “Fill your belly to 80 percent.”
- SLEEEEEP!!! Top models sleep a lot!
- How to handle thoughts, emotions, BOREDOM. Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who would say, “Hello, solitude. How are you today? Come, sit with me, and I will care for you.”
- A list of different Japanese meditations & practices.
- The Pomodoro Technique to FOCUS : Get yourself a kitchen timer & commit to working on a single task as long as it’s running.
If you want a long, fulfilling life, get this book.
The key question is finding your ikigai in this fast paced world. The book will give you hints, but ultimately you still need to find it yourselves. Anyway I give this book a sure thumbs up.
The book covers simple concepts and how we can implement it in our lives to lead a life of ease, joy and glory.
The physical book is beautiful too. Well bound, with thread bound pages, hard cover and pretty picture on it.