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The book brings out the purpose or how to continue even without purpose with doing the mundane tasks like walking, doing dishes, cleaning house and many more things that will keep us busy and helps us enjoy life, whilst we search for our purpose. Because those who discover their ikigai have everything they need for a long and joyful journey through life.



by Héctor García, Francesc Miralles


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The Japanese concept, which translates as " the happiness of always being busy".

According to the Japanese,everyone has an ikigai - French philosopher might call a raison d'être(purpose). 

Having a clearly defined ikigai brings satisfaction, happiness, and meaning to...

Book's Intention

There is village in south of Japan named Okinawa, where there are 24.55% people over the age of 100 for every 100,000 inhabitants - far more than global average.

Is ikigai the reason there are more centenarians in Okinawa than anywhere else?  How does it inspire people to stay acti...

The 80% Secret

One of the most common sayings in Japan is “Hara hachi bu,” which is said before or after eating and means “Fill your belly to 80 percent.” This is why stop eating when  stomachs reach 80 percent of capacity, rather than overeating and wearing down bodies with long di...

Be mindful about reducing stress

Whether threats we perceive are real, stress is an easily identifiable condition that not only causes anxiety but is also highly psychosomatic, affecting everything from digestive system to skin.

The central premise of this stress-reduction method is focusing on the self: noticing our respo...

A lot sitting will age you

Spending too much time seated at work or at home not only reduces muscular and respiratory fitness, also increases appetite and curbs the desire to participate in activities.

Being sedentary can lead to hypertension, imbalanced eating, cardiovascular disease, and even certain kinds of cance...

Sophisticated simplicity

What do Japanese artisans, engineers, Zen philosophy, and cuisine have in common? Simplicity and attention to detail.

It is not a lazy simplicity but a sophisticated one that searches out new frontiers, always taking the object, the body and mind, or the cuisine to the next level, ...

Using flow to fing your ikigai

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do the activities that drive you to flow have in common?
  • Why do those activities drive you to flow? For example, are all the activities you most like doing ones that you practice alone or with other people?
  • Do you flow more when doing ...

The here and now, and the impermanence of things

Both Buddhism and Stoicism remind us that the present is all that exists, and it is the only thing we can control. Instead of worrying about the past or the future, we should appreciate things just as they are in the moment, in the now.

We should never forget that everything we have and all...

Beyond resilience: Antifragility

As Nicholas Taleb explains "we use the word fragile to describe people, things that are weakened when harmed, and the words robust and resilient for things that are able to withstand harm without weakening, but we don’t have a word for things that get stronger when harmed".

Wabi-sabi and ichi-go ichi-e

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that shows us the beauty of the fleeting, changeable, and imperfect nature of the world around us. Instead of searching for beauty in perfection, we should look for it in things that are flawed, incomplete.

Japanese concept is that of ichi-go ich...

The ten rules of ikigai

  • Stay active; don’t retire.
  • Take it slow.
  • Don’t fill your stomach.
  • Surround yourself with good friends.
  • Get in shape for your next birthday.
  • Smile.
  • Reconnect with nature.
  • Give thanks.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Follow your ...

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