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Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

Book Cover- Ikigai

About the Book- Ikigai

Bring meaning and joy to all your days with the internationally bestselling guide to ikigai.

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai – a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a happier and longer life.

Inspiring and soothing, this book will bring you closer to these centenarians’ secrets: how they leave urgency behind; keep doing what they love for as long as possible; nurture friendships; live in the moment; participate in their communities and throw themselves into their passions. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own personal ikigaiBecause who doesn’t want to find the joy in every day?

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The book is a simple and pretty easy to understand facts that will give you some eye-opening revelations that will tell you the things that you have been doing wrong

Read on for our review of the book

Our Review of Ikigai

Usually, I am not the one to read motivational books or non-fiction in general because those need some serious brain work so naturally, I avoid anything that forces my brain to work. Well if you don’t know about this book, then seriously you need a wake-up call because this book is like Harry Potter of the non-fiction world. The book is everywhere. I thought It would be a heavy, loaded with ancient wisdom, 1000 page book but to my shock, Ikigai turned to be a pretty small and quick read book. The whole reason I read this book is that I am desperate towards reaching my Goodreads book goal and it was an early Christmas gift I couldn’t refuse. Well, that and I had an actual curiosity against what the whole deal was with the book. Turns out it was all about Ikigai 😛.

Well when the whole book is trying to teach you the meaning of Ikigai, I don’t know whether I should or can explain it in one line. So basically Ikigai is finding the purpose in your life. Something that could help you live longer and healthier. The book teaches you as to why people who have lived long past 100 have done so and how they did. Well, I wouldn’t say that the book wouldn’t preach but the beauty of the book is that it preaches and teaches without the feel of being preached. 

The book in a tiny volume packs some amazing facts and observations and through these observations, they tell their findings and what they learned and leave it up to us as to what we want to make of it. I like how the book is crisp and a collection of interesting facts and observations and not pages after pages of scientific theories. Trust me if the book was all about scientific theories and logic, I would have been writing this review from six feet under. I mean yes there are scientific theories but not enough to make you feel stupid because we were sleeping in our science classes ( some of the best naps I had was in my science and maths class…my marks are a testament to that little fact)

So in conclusion. Why should you read Ikigai? I don’t know🤨 it is your choice. But what I can tell you is that the book is a simple and pretty easy to understand facts that will give you some eye-opening revelations that will tell you the things that you have been doing wrong and how you can use simple measures to tackle that. The book in that sense did give me a lot of amazing ideas as to how small modifications in my daily routines can help me get better results in terms of work and mental peace.


P.S. I don’t want to sound racist ( well whenever one says that it definitely is a prelude to something extremely racist but …yeah ..whatever🙄) This book sounded like an ode to Japanese culture and lifestyle. Like a mini shrine to a Japanese style of living so much that I ended up looking for ticket prices to Tokyo.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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