IKIGAI - The Japanese Secret To A Long And Happy Life ( My Review )
We all know Japan as a country like no other in this world, it is a country full of people who have seen widespread suffering and challenges one after another, but yet its one of the most developed and advanced countries in the world.
A major feather in the cap for Japan is that its the country with the highest average life expectancy in the world. A particular village known as Ogimi located in Okinawa Island of Japan boasts of so many centenarians and super centenarians that people aged 70, 80 etc are considered youngsters there. Not only are so many people over 90 and 100 years old there but they are also active, healthy, independent, happy and do almost all the everyday tasks of their life on their own even at the age of 100. The authors of this book went on a mission to find the secret of this long and happy life that they have, we all know it could be their lifestyle, diet, water, etc. These are all a part of their secret but the major secret common among them and all other long living healthy people across the globe is their Ikigai.
SO WHATS IKIGAI?
Everyone’s talking about this lately, its of course something that we have all heard of and been advised about through various people, movies, books and every possible source in life, thats to have a passion and a purpose for your life. your Ikigai is basically the reason which motivates you to wake up everyday and go about your life. Its always best if your Ikigai is all of the below factors combined together which is
What you love to do in life
What you are good at
What you can earn money from
with what you can benefit and help the society around you.
Now if your purpose in life is something which combines all the above factors in life and if you have found that out and are already working on it, then there is nothing like that, even otherwise you Ikigai can keep you going with the rest of your life because you could tolerate anything however boring or difficult as long as you do it to achieve your purpose in life.
The Authors of the book personally visited the village of Ogimi and spent some time with the centenarians there to talk to them and closely observe their lifestyle and found that they all seemed to follow the 10 major rules of Ikigai which are
Stay active and never retire
Its very important to stay physically and mentally active till the last day of your life, never retire from perusing your Ikigai which is what makes your mind active and happy and in turn your body too, this way your mind and body stays young forever.
Take it slow
There is no hurry in life, every task, movement and practically everything in life can be done slowly and steadily, because being in a hurry tires you out and you end up giving up on the task
Don’t fill your stomach
A major dietary rule followed by the people of Ogimi was that they never filled up or stuffed their stomach until the very end. they believed in the concept of eating only till they are 80% full, this keeps their metabolism active and weight gain healthy.
Surround yourself with good friends
Your friends are everything for you, surround yourself with happy, helping and like minded people so that you too are similar and your life ends up being a very happy and light hearted one.
Get in Shape for your next birthday
Always consider yourself young and be active, have an aim to be more fit and improved for your next birthday which gives you a motivation to live and something to look forward to every year.
Whatever happens, keep smiling in life this reflects your character and people also love to spend time with and be around smiling and positive people.
Reconnect with nature
Wherever you are, ensure that in life you always get a chance to reconnect with nature once in a while, this will physically and mentally rejuvenate you.
Be grateful for every small thing in life that you have at present so that your list of happiness keeps on growing to countless numbers!!
Live in the moment
No point really in worrying about the past or future which is basically not in our control, its better to live in the present and enjoy what’s here and now.
Follow your Ikigai
if you know your Ikigai keep following it whatever the situation is and if you don’t know it yet then make it your agenda to find out, because there has to be one!!