Héctor Garcia holds dual citizenship in Japan, where he has resided for over a decade, and Spain, where he was born. He worked as a software engineer at CERN in Switzerland before going to Japan, where he built speech recognition software and the technology required for Silicon Valley businesses to join the Japanese market. He is the founder of the popular blog kirainet.com and the author of the #1 book in Japan, A Geek in Japan.
Francesc Miralles is an award-winning author of successful self-help and inspirational books. He was born in Barcelona and has worked as an editor, translator, ghostwriter, and musician. He studied journalism, English literature, and German.
After years of thorough research, these two great personalities have given birth to a masterpiece and named it “Ikigai”. you can easily download this book from our website.
Summary Of iIkigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life
1) Discover your Ikigai and follow it.
In Okinawa, ikigai is a cause to live life to the fullest. Okinawans use the term ikigai to explain the “why” of their daily lives. They have something to live for, which means they have a cause to wake up in the morning. Ikigai is a philosophy that keeps people happily occupied till the end of their days.
Other civilizations follow in our footsteps, which society has paved for us. We live by other people’s standards and lose sight of our own ambitions. As a result, we seldom discover our life’s purpose and interests.
To discover this reason or purpose, consider the following four questions:
- What am I passionate about?
- What do I excel at?
- What is it that the world requires of me?
- What am I able to get compensated for?
As we all know, happiness is based on a lot more than simply having a job and a salary. Similarly, doing solely what you enjoy or are good at will not be enough to keep you financially afloat. As a result, your ikigai is at the intersection of four circles. Each of these factors contributes to your pleasure, and all four are necessary for your “purpose for being.”
One of the first steps toward a long happy life is to discover and embrace your ikigai. You’ll wander throughout your life span that clinging on to material stuff, previous memories, or someone if you don’t have it. You’ll hop from one aim to the next, completing one daily chore after another.
2)Take it easy and slow.
The island of Okinawa is noted for its slow pace of life. People here are enthusiastic about whatever they do, no matter how unimportant it may appear to be. They have an ikigai, but they aren’t always serious about it. They are at ease and love all they do. They enjoy life to the fullest, even the little pleasures. As a result, music and dance have become indispensable components of daily life.
Technology, undoubtedly, has been savior multiple times, but we typically replace that time with other activities. As a result, modern civilization is moving at a quicker pace than ever before. This, however, does not have to be the case. A slower-paced existence entails taking the time to enjoy your mornings rather than hurrying to work. It entails pausing to enjoy whatever you’re doing, to admire the outdoors, and to concentrate on the person with whom you’re conversing.
Slowing down is a purposeful decision that isn’t always simple. It does, however, lead to better respect for life and happiness.
3) Don’t eat anything that you like
Diet of the Okinawans
Okinawa has the lowest cardiovascular disease death rate in Japan. The Okinawan diet has a significant role in this. Every day, the “Okinawa diet” requires at least five servings of fruits and vegetables from at least seven different varieties. Tofu, miso, bitter melon, seaweed, soy sprouts, peppers, and green tea are all common ingredients. They eat sugar infrequently, and when they do, it’s cane sugar. An Okinawan consumes roughly 1,900 calories per day on average. This is much fewer calories than the average American consumes in a day. They also consume nearly half as much salt as the rest of Japan: 7 grams per day vs 12 grams on average.
Hara Hachi, Confucian teaching, is also practiced by the Okinawans. Hara Hachi advises individuals to just eat until they are 80% full. When an American says, “I’m full,” and an Okinawan responds, “I’m no longer hungry,” there is a large calorie difference. Okinawans have the greatest rate of centenarians in the world due to this cultural practice of calorie restriction and mindful eating. For better health or weight loss, we may also adjust our eating habits and use Hara Hachi.
4) Make a circle of good friends for yourself.
Friends “gather for a shared goal” in tiny communities around Okinawa. These sessions are held on a daily basis, as well as a few times a week. They utilize this time to chat, live life, and give each other advice. These individuals are referred to as Moai. For more than a century, the phrase was used to describe a village’s financial support structure.
The idea is not to strive to make a large number of friends. Relationships that are superficial and distant can only lead to emotions of uneasiness and loneliness. Obesity, drunkenness, and smoking all raise your chances of sickness and mortality, but so do these emotions. The trick is to surround yourself with three or four terrific friends who care about you as much as you care about them. The simplest method to form deep friendships is to consider what you can do to make the people you care about happier.
5) laugh and smile
The Okinawans are happy people who constantly have a grin on their faces. They feel it is prudent to acknowledge the negative aspects of life. Nonetheless, we must never forget what a blessing it is to be in the present moment in a world brimming with potential. One of the keys to their long life is that they never stop smiling and enjoying the fun. This upbeat attitude not only makes kids feel better but also helps them establish new friends. In Ogimi, there are no pubs and just a few eateries. Residents in Ogimi, on the other hand, have a vibrant social life centred around community centres. The fact is that frowning requires 46 muscles whereas smiling requires just 17.
Smiling might assist you in earning more money and moving up the corporate ladder. It gives you a self-assured, confident, and professional appearance. Smile at your coworkers and customers, and you’ll be more likely to get promoted, contacted with business ideas, or given a raise. People who grin look more trustworthy, and their generosity and extroversion are rated higher.
There are more amazing ways to live a happy and healthy life. Apart from these 5 points, there is much more to discover in this book. If you want to live longer then you might be searching for “Ikigai”.