“Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” is a book written by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. Published in 2016, the book explores the concept of ikigai, which is a Japanese term that roughly translates to “reason for being” or “the joy and purpose of life.”
In the book, García and Miralles delve into the secrets of the residents of the Japanese village of Ogimi, known for having one of the highest life expectancies in the world. They examine the principles and practices that contribute to a fulfilling and meaningful life, drawing from the wisdom of the village’s elderly population.
The authors combine insights from their interviews with the residents of Ogimi with research from various fields such as psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. They discuss topics such as finding purpose, cultivating meaningful relationships, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and embracing a positive mindset.
“Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” provides practical advice and suggestions for readers to discover their own ikigai and apply it to their daily lives. It explores the intersection of passion, mission, vocation, and profession to help individuals lead more fulfilling and satisfying lives.
It’s worth noting that the concept of ikigai has gained popularity beyond the book and has been embraced in Western culture as a framework for finding purpose and happiness.