recommended old book

Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Frances Miralles and Hector Garcia

Ikigai: a Japanese concept which is translated as “the happiness of always being busy”. It is the one way to explain the longevity of the Japanese, especially on the island of Okinawa.

In Japanese, ikigai is written as shown above combining characters that represent “life”, and “to be worthwhile”. The book starts by explaining the study of 5 blue zones where life expectancy of particular regions around the world is highest. On top, comes Okinawa, Japan. It then discusses the diet intake and similar routine of people from those regions that help them live longer with bit of philosophies to measure one’s attitude throughout their lives. This is the core concept of emotional awareness and has similarities with mindfulness and stoicism. Advancing further the authors introduces the concept behind “finding a purpose to exist” sharing summarised insight from Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy concluding in-depth differential between psychoanalysis and logotherapy with few key ideas.

The book overall posses ideas and most of these ideas are a form of emphasis on one’s health. Nevertheless, it is easy to read, the narrative voice is organised and you will love how the authors relate concepts step by step. It won’t take much of your time. It can be a good source of motivation. You will do learn some tips for a healthier lifestyle. Get more by reading the book.

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