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I read Ikigai so you would not have to!


Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life – a book that promises to reveal the secret to a long and happy life. Well, sign me up! As someone who spends most of their days binge-watching Netflix and eating junk food, I could use some guidance on how to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

The book starts off by explaining what Ikigai is – a concept that apparently means “a reason for being.” According to the author, Ikigai is the reason why some people in Japan live to be over 100 years old.

So, what is this magical Ikigai, you ask? Well, it’s a combination of four things – what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs, and what you can get paid for. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong.

As I read through the book, I couldn’t help but think that the author was oversimplifying things a bit. I mean, if it were that easy to find your Ikigai, wouldn’t everyone be living to be 100 years old? And what about people who hate their jobs but are good at them and get paid well? According to the author, they’re not living their Ikigai and are probably going to die young. Yikes.

But the book isn’t all doom and gloom. Some genuinely helpful tips are sprinkled throughout, like cultivating a positive attitude and the importance of finding a community. Plus, the book is filled with charming anecdotes about the author’s experiences in Japan, like the time he tried to climb Mount Fuji and failed miserably.

It’s clear that the author has a deep love and respect for Japanese culture, which makes the book all the more enjoyable to read.

Overall, I would say that Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s full of inspiring stories and practical advice. On the other hand, it’s a bit simplistic in its approach to finding your Ikigai.

If you’re looking for a fun and easy read that might just inspire you to make some positive changes in your life, this book is definitely worth checking out. Just don’t expect to live to be 100 if you don’t find your Ikigai right away!

The book also includes some exciting research about the habits and lifestyles of people in Okinawa, Japan, who are known for their longevity. The author suggests that their diet – which is high in vegetables, fish, and tofu – and their daily exercise routine, which includes activities like gardening and walking, contribute to their long and healthy lives.

But let’s be real – as much as we might want to live like the people in Okinawa, it is not often our reality. That’s why it’s refreshing to see that the author doesn’t take an all-or-nothing approach. He acknowledges that finding your Ikigai isn’t always easy, and that sometimes we have to make compromises to live a fulfilling life.

One of the funniest parts of the book is when the author talks about his own struggle to find his Ikigai. He admits that he spent years working in a job that he didn’t love, but that paid well. He also talks about how he struggled to find a community in Japan, where he felt like an outsider. It’s clear that the author is speaking from personal experience, which makes the book feel more relatable.

Of course, there are some parts of the book that are a bit…weird. For example, the author suggests that we should talk to our organs and thank them for their hard work. Yes, you read that right – talk to your liver and tell it how much you appreciate it. I’m not sure how effective this technique is, but it definitely made me laugh.

Overall, Ikigai is a quirky and entertaining read that offers some useful insights into the Japanese approach to life. While the concept of Ikigai might be a bit oversimplified, the book still has a lot of value, especially for anyone looking to make positive changes in their life. And who knows – maybe if we start talking to our organs, we’ll all live to be 100 after all.

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