Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

(4 customer reviews)


Héctor García and Francesc Miralles


*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


What’s your ikigai?

“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?


Ikkigai / Ikkigayi / Ekkigai / Ekigai



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4 reviews for Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

  1. Lavanya Murugaiyan

    Recently, I was in a pretty bad mental state; feeling low, useless and lost. I wanted a direction, and this book has now become my guiding light. If you are someone who always wondered about the secret to long, happy and organised life, this book is all about it and more. It is written in an easy language and is very precise ( absolutely no nonsense). I have become a more positive and happy person, thanks to this wonderful book.

  2. Piyush Gupta

    just completed the book ikigai: Japanese secret to a long and happy life. such a good book about longevity and happy life.
    ikigai is a japanese word which means’purpose of life ‘and based on how people of okinawa in japan ,which is the blue zone means ‘where people live longer life’ live. The book tells us about how we can live longer and happy life if we find our ikigai. it tells us about their food ,how simple food they eat and without going gym and doing intense exercise how they live fit and longer with gardening, swimming ,walking etc just doing mild exercises on daily basis.
    This book teaches us that how a simple life can be happy life . This book teaches us to find out our ikigai and it may take some time but after that it will be worth it and will pay off.

  3. Aditi Bhatia

    Just completed the book. Had a great experience thought it would be short stories but it took me to a whole new different level. And I had great experience knowing about the Japanese people and their lifestyle. Soon I ll try to apply so that I could also feel the changes. I am happy to pick this up from book fair which is conducted every year in surat india but saddly not this year because of the pandemic. But apart from this I am happy to read it thank you writers for showing us a different perspective of a rejuvenating lifestyle ❤️

  4. Akanksha Bawa

    I am seriously not over hyping it when I say – ‘ It is the most amazing self help book I have ever come across that enable me to look within and search for the purpose of my life’.

    Everyone has a reason to be alive. All we struggle for is to find it. That’s true, if you are still struggling to look for you ikigai – a reason for being I recommend you to invest in this book that being the biggest investment ever. I saw myself as an improved version and applying these techniques in my life has proven to be most happening thing of life. I love reading books as these are my best friends and now I love IKIGAI too. I found my ikigai while reading this book that made me the happiest person. Have you found yours?

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