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Los Angeles Times bestseller • More than 1.5 million copies sold

“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.

*And from the same authors, don’t miss The Book of Ichigo Ichieabout making the most of every moment in your life.*

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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?


Health, Mind & Body
August 29
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

JoesDaily ,

Find your purpose

A great introduction to the Blue Zones and learning why the Okinawa people are so special.

Buddhareader ,

Misleading Title

The Okinawan’s are not native Japanese! They are a mix of several different races due to the location of Okinawa in the Ryukyu Island chain south of the mainland islands of Japan. In 1972 the United States gave Okinawa back to Japan much to the dismay of the Okinawa people. Many had hoped that they would be granted sovereignty and become their own country. I have personally witnessed many mainland Japanese treat the Okinawa people with irreverence, distain and an air of racial inferiority. In fact, the Japanese are thought by many to be responsible for the death of a quarter of a million Okinawa civilians during WWII. There is no love lost between these two people. The Okinawa people are a wonderful, kind and gentle people quite different in attitude and lifestyle of mainland Japanese. For the authors to imply that ikigai is a Japanese concept is a falsehood to any of us that have the privilege of living on Okinawa and knowing these peaceful people.

jusscus ,

Not the ikigai

Ikigai is about living. this book isn’t living. it’s dead with facts, little story telling from experiences. Dates and times. I’m a fan of Ken Mogi’s version.

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