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“Workers looking for more fulfilling positions should start by identifying their ikigai.” ―Business Insider
 
“One of the unintended—yet positive—consequences of the [pandemic] is that it is forcing people to reevaluate their jobs, careers, and lives. Use this time wisely, find your personal ikigai, and live your best life.” ―Forbes

Find your ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) to live longer and bring more meaning and joy to all your days.


“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb
 
According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—where what you love, what you’re good at, what you can get paid for, and what the world needs all overlap—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy.

In researching this book, the authors interviewed the residents of the Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year-olds—one of the world’s Blue Zones. Ikigai reveals the secrets to their longevity and happiness: how they eat, how they move, how they work, how they foster collaboration and community, and—their best-kept secret—how they find the ikigai that brings satisfaction to their lives. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own ikigai. Because who doesn’t want to find happiness in every day?

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Ikigai by Héctor García, Francesc Miralles

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.

IKIGAI

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 our lives. The purpose of this book is to help you find yours, and to share insights from Japanese philosophy on the lasting health of body, mind and spirit.

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Book's Intention

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 active until the very end? What is the secret to a long and happy life?

The purpose of the book is to bring the secrets of Japan's centenarians to you and give the tools to find your own ikigai

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The 80% Secret

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 digestive processes that accelerate cellular oxidation.

The way food is served is also important. By presenting their meals on many small plates, the Japanese tend to eat less. Having five plates in front of you makes it seem like you are going to eat a lot.

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Learn how to find your life purpose, enjoy life and live a long fulfilling life.

Ikigai is where your reason for living meets your life goal

Ikigai is where your reason for living meets your life goal

Ikigai is the intersection between what you are passionate about, where your skills lie, how you can earn a living and what the world needs.

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Everyone has an Ikigai that they were born to fulfill

Everyone has an Ikigai that they were born to fulfill

Once you find it, wether as a job or a hobby, you should not give it up as Ikigai is also the key to longevity as people from Okinawa show. Indeed an active mind and low stress are the key to a long life. To keep your mind active engage in social life, go outside and do mind games. This will avoid you get stuck in patterns and routines that promote your brain to slow down.

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Avoiding stress is key for Longevity

Avoiding stress is key for Longevity

Reducing stress is the key to a long life, try practicing mindfulness, doing yoga or taking time to exercise. This will give you a chance to calm down and observe your body and mind more closely.

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Each moment is unique and cannot be repeated. Learn to make the most of every moment and fulfill your potential.

Become A Moment Hunter And Fulfill Your Potential

Become A Moment Hunter And Fulfill Your Potential

What we are experiencing right now will never happen again. We must value each moment like a beautiful treasure. If we let it slip, it will be lost forever.

Becoming aware of ichigo ichie helps us remember that each morning we spend in the world, every moment we spend with our children and with our loved ones is infinitely valuable and deserves our full attention.

“Treat your host as if the meeting were going to occur only once in your life.

Yamanoue Sōji, 1588.

As moment hunters, everything becomes unique and sublime, since we know that what we are experiencing right now will never happen again.

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Tea Ceremony as a Unique encounter

Tea Ceremony as a Unique encounter

Each tea ceremony should be treated with great attention because it is ichigo ichie, which is to say, a unique encounter in time. Even though the host and guests may see each other daily, the gathering can never be exactly repeated.

The host should thus show true sincerity and take the greatest care with every detail, to make sure that everything flows smoothly and without a hitch.

The guests for their part must understand that the encounter will never occur again, and so they must appreciate every detail of the ceremony prepared by the host and, of course, participate wholeheartedly.

Ii Naosuke

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Blossoming To Your Full Potential

Blossoming To Your Full Potential

Sakura is visible proof of how the most beautiful things in life are fleeting and can’t be postponed.

Kaika indicates the early buds of Sakura. A kaika moment, is when something unknown begins to blossom within us.

When kaika is transformative, we want to turn it into mankai, the full blossoming of Sakura. We want it to mature to its full potential. This means cultivating our habits, seeking continuous improvement and reaching 10000 hour of practice to achieve mastery. Gladwell suggests that a great deal of effort and commitment are required for talent to be realized in all its brilliance.

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8 LIFE LESSONS TO LEARN FROM  THE BOOK IIKIGAI

8 LIFE LESSONS TO LEARN FROM THE BOOK IIKIGAI

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1.Don't Retire, Stay Active

1.Don't Retire, Stay Active

"Ikigai" emphasizes the importance of small acts of affection, meditation, affirmation, journaling, and gratitude for maintaining our connection to happiness hormones.

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2.Take Your Time

2.Take Your Time

Ikigai and Joe Robinson both emphasize the importance of walking slowly for better habit formation, as it allows for the adjustment of new habits.

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Here are the 10 key things I learnt from the book Ikigai. Hope you find it helpful too!

JAPANESE PROVERB

Only by staying active, you can live a hundred years.

JAPANESE PROVERB

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Ikigai

Ikigai

Ikigai is the reason for your being. 'Iki' in Japanese means 'life,' and 'gai' describes value or worth. Ikigai means your purpose in life, which makes you wake up everyday. It is something that makes your life worth living.

Follow it. And you will live a fulfilled life.

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Relax

Relax

"Walk slowly and you can go far"

Life seems rushed, the tasks, to do lists, overwhelming syllabus in college, so many important things to do.

But sit back for a while. Relax. This is your life. Go slow. Make gradual progress. Its okay. Life is not meant to be rushed. Consistency is the key.

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The Secret to Longevity from Ikigai

The Secret to Longevity from Ikigai

Authors of Ikigai, filmed conversation with the eldest member of the community about their life, their Ikigai and the secret to longevity. They share some inspiring and meaningful statements.

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Say No! to Worry

Say No! to Worry

The Secret to a long life is not to worry. and to keep your heart young, don't let it grow old. Open your heart to people with a nice smile on your face.

The Best way to avoid anxiety is to go out in the Street and say hello to people.

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Cultivate Good Habits

Cultivate Good Habits

Cultivating Good Habits to your routine like

  • Wake up early and go for a walk
  • Do little excercise, that gives you energy for the rest of the day
  • Eat light and Vegetables
  • Go for work
  • Spend Quality time with people you love.
  • Reading Books

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How to find flow in everything??

How to find flow in everything??

You might find very common answer to this is to be compassionate towards your work but it didn't actually work on a practical level. So how you can find flow in what you do????

As the author of the book says : You have to find your micro niche. So what actually is a micro niche?

Its nothing but just finding your niche and divide it in fragments and taking a single piece at a time by giving your 100% and also enjoying at the same time.

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You live your present!!!!

You live your present!!!!

Like when you are doing your favourite thing, you are completely immersed in the experience, not thinking about or distracted by anything else. You don't think about future or past, there is only the present.

" Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour to you. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute to you ."

- EINSTEIN

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"We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."

ARISTOTLE

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Because those who discover their ikigai have everything they need for a long and joyful journey through life.

Keys to the Ogimi lifestyle

Keys to the Ogimi lifestyle

  • One hundred percent of the people interviewed keep a vegetable garden, and most of them also have fields of tea, mangoes, shikuwasa, and so on.
  • All belong to some form of the neighborhood association, where they feel cared for as though by family.
  • They celebrate all the time, even little things. Music, song, and dance are essential parts of daily life.

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Keys to the Ogimi Lifestyle.

Keys to the Ogimi Lifestyle.

  • They have important purposes in life or several. They have an ikigai, but they don't take it too seriously. they are relaxed and enjoy all that they do.
  • They are proud of their traditions and local cultures.
  • They are passionate about everything they do, however insignificant it might seem.

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Keys to the Ogimi Lifestyle.

Keys to the Ogimi Lifestyle.

  • They are always busy, but they occupy themselves with tasks that allow them to relax.
  • Locals have a strong sense of yuimaaru - recognizing the connection between people. They help each other with everything from work in the fields ( harvesting sugarcane or planting rice ) to building houses and municipal projects.

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These concepts are very impactful. We should definitely apply these in our life.

10 Life Changing Lessons From Ikigai

10 Life Changing Lessons From Ikigai

"Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life" is a book that explores the concept of ikigai, which means "a reason for being" in Japanese. Written by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles, the book delves into the principles of finding purpose and fulfillment in life through a blend of Japanese wisdom and modern research. It offers insights on how to discover your passion, cultivate happiness, and live a more meaningful life by aligning your values, skills, and passions.

  1. Find Your Ikigai
  2. Live In Present Moments
  3. Cultivate Gratitude
  4. Spend Time In Nature
  5. Surround Yourself With Positive People
  6. Take Care Of Your Body
  7. Learn New Things
  8. Give Back To Others
  9. Be Mindful Of Your Thoughts And Actions
  10. Don't Afraid To Change

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Find Your Ikigai

Find Your Ikigai

Ikigai is your reason for being, the thing that gives your life meaning and purpose. It is there intersection of what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for.

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Live In Present Moments

Live In Present Moments

The Japanese concept of "wabi-sabi" teaches us to appreciate the beauty of imperfection and impermanence.

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How you can live a longer and happier life by having a purpose, eating healthy, and not retiring

How you can live a longer and happier life by having a purpose, eating healthy, and not retiring

Do you want to live a long life? How about a happy one? What if you could have both? The secret to a long life actually comes from finding joy and purpose every day. Most of us think of these ideals as mere dreams that only a select few achieve.

The people of Japan, however, have practiced ikigai

we can use ikigai to live better by following 3 given points

  1. Having a purpose is a vital component of longevity and happiness.
  2. If you want to live a long life, follow the advice of some of the oldest people in the world.
  3. To stay healthy throughout your life, make sure that you are moving enough.

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How to live longer, healthier, and happier?

How to live longer, healthier, and happier?

  • Okinawa, Japan is home to some of the longest-living people in the world. Their secret is ikigai. Finding your ikigai can be as simple as asking four basic questions:
  • What are your strengths? Think of what you do better than everyone else.
  • What does the world need? Imagine something you see that the world lacks.
  • What are your passions? Picture the things that you could do all day without stopping.
  • What can you earn a living doing? You have to make money from your craft, so how can you do that?

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A key component of staying healthy

Residents of Okinawa suggest that you don’t always need to play a sport or go running to be healthy. Longevity and health are more about finding simple, consistent ways to move more through the day.

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