AS HEARD ON THE STEVE WRIGHT SHOW ´FORGET HYGGE. IT´S ALL ABOUT IKIGAI (THAT´S JAPANESE FOR A HAPPY LIFE)´ The Times Find out how to live a long and happy life thanks to the ikigai miracle, a Japanese philosophy that helps you find fulfilment, joy and mindfulness in everything you do. It is extraordinary that Japanese men´s longevity ranks 4th in the world, while Japanese women´s ranks 2nd. But perhaps this comes as no surprise when you know that the Japanese understanding of ikigai is embedded in their daily life and in absolutely everything that they do. In their professional careers, in their relationships with family members, in the hobbies they cultivate so meticulously. Ken Mogi identifies five key pillars to ikigai: Pillar 1: Starting small Pillar 2: Releasing yourself Pillar 3:Harmony and sustainability Pillar 4:The joy of little things Pillar 5:Being in the here and now The Japanese talk about ikigai as ´a reason to get up in the morning´. It is something that keeps one´s enthusiasm for life going, whether you are a cleaner of the famous Shinkansen bullet train, the mother of a newborn child or a Michelin-starred sushi chef. The Five Pillars at the heart of everything they do. But how do you find your own ikigai? How does ikigai contribute to happiness? Neuroscientist and bestselling Japanese writer Ken Mogi provides an absorbing insight into this way of life, incorporating scientific research and first-hand experience, and providing a colourful narrative of Japanese culture and history along the way.
Ikigai is a traditional Japanese concept that embodies happiness in living. It is, essentially, the reason that you get up in the morning. This book is about finding your ikigai - identifying your purpose or passion and using this knowledge to achieve greater happiness in your life. Your ikigai doesn´t have to be some grand ambition or highly noble life´s purpose - it can be something simple and humble, like tending your garden or walking your dog. Having grown up in Japan, Yukari Mitsuhashi understands first hand what ikigai means to Japanese people. Now living in Los Angeles, she has written this book to introduce the traditional concept to a new audience. This is not a ´one size fits all´ book. Instead, Ikigai encourages you to look at the details of your life and appreciate the everyday moments as you learn to identify your own personal ikigai. The book includes case studies from a range of people sharing their ikigai, from athletes to writers and business people. With its refreshingly simple philosophy and liberating concepts, this beautifully presented book will be a guide you will return to again and again.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER: ´I read it and it´s bewitched me ever since. I´m spellbound´ - Chris Evans Discover the Japanese secret to a long and happy life with the internationally bestselling guide to ikigai - ´a refreshingly simple recipe for happiness´ (Stylist Magazine) The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world´s longest-living people - finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions. Bring meaning and joy to your every day with ikigai. ´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 Happiness Equation
Living well is a daily exercise that very often depends on your ability and personal attitude to face life with the right energy and vitality. A positive attitude and a healthy and balanced lifestyle not only contribute to increase the quality of our days greatly, but it also helps us to feel good and calm with ourselves. Who lives well? Do you want to enjoy life? Know the secrets to get the most out of your existence? Mark the difference! The importance of living slowly The ´´Slow Food´´ movement The good living, in the couple The 10 golden rules of the happy couple The good living being single Evaluate the benefits of individual life Appreciate the benefits of individual life Warnings for the single How to be happy at work Interact with your classmates Maintain a positive attitude at work How to live well with little money Change your lifestyle The Japanese secret of long life The secret of ikigai How to find your own Ikigai Live life to the fullest Define Follow your own path 15 Habits to start living well