Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Author(s): Héctor García; Fracesc Miralles

Psychology/ Self-Help

*Los Angeles Times bestseller*

"If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something--and doing it with supreme focus and joy." --New York Post

Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy)--the happiness of always being busy--as revealed by the daily habits of the world's longest-living people.


"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--the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect--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 gently unlocks simple secrets we can all use to live long, meaningful, happy lives. Science-based studies weave beautifully into honest, straight-talking conversation you won't be able to put down. Warm, patient, and kind, this book pulls you gently along your own journey rather than pushing you from behind." -- Neil Pasricha, bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation

Hector Garcia (Author) Hector Garcia is a citizen of Japan, where he has lived for over a decade, and of Spain, where he was born. He is the author of several books about Japanese culture, including two worldwide bestsellers, A Geek in Japan and Ikigai. A former software engineer, he worked at CERN in Switzerland before moving to Japan.Fracesc Miralles (Author) Francesc Miralles is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of books about how to live well. Alongside Hector Garcia, he was welcomed by the mayor Okinawa in Japan, where the inhabitants live for longer than in any other place in the world. There they had the chance to interview more than a hundred villagers about their philosophy for a long and happy life.

General Fields

  • : 9781786330895
  • : Random House
  • : Hutchinson
  • : August 2017
  • : 184mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 208
  • : Héctor García; Fracesc Miralles
  • : Hardback
  • : 917
  • : English
  • : 158.1