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Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, The Little Book of Lykke, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living

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Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-ch
Published 2018 by Hutchinson/Penguin Life/Gaia
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Wei Hao
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some notes I have taken:

1. Fill your belly to 80% - Hara hachi bu p14
2. Form close bonds within local communities- Moai p15
3. A sound mind in a sound body - mens sans in corpore sano p20
4. Learn something new everyday, play games and interact with other people p22
5. Practise mindfulness through focusing on the self and meditation p26
6. Replace junk food with fruits
7. Get 7-9 hours of sleep everyday
8. Play with children or pets p29
9. A positive attitude & emotional awareness (ability to manage e
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
If ever there was a book to help you step back, slow down and contemplate on the meaning of life, this would be it. The pace is unhurried and that is exactly how you should read the book. Not in a single sitting but over a week or ten days. Savour each chapter, make notes, write things down when they touch a chord. Ikigai helps you understand so many beautiful things in the sheer simplicity in which it's conveyed. In an increasingly cynical world, we all need ikigai. ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I liked the message of this book and the concept of ikigai, but I found the book focused more on longevity and how centenarians claim they were able to live so long. It was mashed together strangely and didn’t flow well. There were chapters describing step by step how to do a sun salutation or some basic movements of tai chi, which I felt was just unnecessary way to fill up some pages. I listened to the audiobook, and was disappointed by how horribly the narrator pronounced Japanese terms. Overa ...more
Tan Markovic
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really interesting little read. Has given me ideas of lots of other things I want to explore this year.
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was hoping this book would focus on ways to actually discover your Ikigai, but it didn't. ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don’t think the writers are comprehensive enough to grasp the core philosophy in “Ikigai”. Even they’ve done their research, the overall insights are shallow and subjective. I found it frustrating to read after the first chapter. I basically skipped through the whole book. The book is more about their own understanding and commentaries on “what Ikigai is”. If you are new to Ikigai, looking for a decent intro to it, this is definitely not your book.
Manoj Arora
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I, hereby, list down the 26 inspirational lessons that i learnt from this awesome book. I know that I need to keep practicing these learning day in and day out. These learning are worded and appended in a way that makes it easier for most of us to understand and absorb...

Thought Provoking Life Lessons from the Book
1/ A wise person should not ignore life's pleasures, but should always remain conscious of how easy it is to be enslaved by them. You have to be prepared for those pleasures disappeari
Jan 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Seems like the writers were not in the "flow" while writing this one. It seemed like a very superficial and incoherent attempt in trying to figure something out, which eventually they don't. ...more
Supriya Saran
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for some great revelation after reading this one … its not coming! I picked up this book not because it was highly recommended; held a pride of place at the local bookstore or had a cover that I just fell in love with and had to have, but because I needed that joy and meaning in my life right now (it has been a tough year) that the book blurb spoke of. As mentioned there were no revelations, there is nothing there that we don’t already know! No, we probably know but don’t foll ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found absolutely nothing new or insightful in this book. A very poor and superficial attempt at trying to figure out what it claims to figure out. Eventually I had to just skip through the pages just to mark it as read.
Niels Philbert
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
The idea of the book is good. I can understand the appeal. And the idea of ikigai is also good in a common sense kind of way.

The structure is a bit of a mess though. It surfs above some areas and goes into so much detail in others, that it hurts the flow of the reading.

The book does not succeed in providing more than observations around behaviour and seems to jump feet first into the "correlation equals causality"-trap. It's not a guide og help to living in the modern world and was more "move to
Muhammad Abdullah
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bring meaning and joy to every day with ikigai.

IKIGAI is a distinguish read for me. I learn a lot of things from this book. This book is about the life and culture of the people living at Okinawa island in Japan. This island is famous for the longevity of its people. There are almost 22.55 people over the age of 100 for every 100,000 inhabitants—which is far more the the global average.

This book is categorized into NINE short chapters, each with its unique and profound nature. In these chapter
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Remind me never to judge a book by its cover. A soothing, calm blue, stylistic cherry blossom impression, hardcover matt finish, small, pocket book size, aggressively promoted with prime shelf space in every airport bookstore - back in the era where there were places called airports, and things we did called flying between cities. Add to it a rather bold claim as sub-title: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Well, I got suckered. Who doesn't want a long and happy life?

About 200 uninsp
Pankaj Sarma
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, self-help
A quick read. The language used is quite lucid and the pace is pretty decent, which worked perfectly because this book requires a calm mind to read. The book offers some awesome life lessons we can inhale. The book also explores different ways to keep ourselves healthy and securing a better tomorrow for the greater good.

I highly recommend this for self-improvement.
Megha Bhargava
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ikigai, the centre of all meaningful venn diagrams. Ikigai, your reason to live. Your purpose in life. Something that makes you get up and get going every single day.

The Japanese concept of IKIGAI gained worldwide recognition after this gem of a book was published. If you're not new to productivity books or blogs, you would have a fair idea that all of them pretty much say the same thing in a myriad of ways. But this book by HÉCTOR GARCÍA and FRANCESC MIRALLES gives you a lot more. An easy read
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know that moment when you lift the lid from almost cooked rice & it's flavourful steam warms you, yeah, this book shares the same feeling.. it's all about not only living for longtime, but also fulfilling every moment of life by truly living it! It reflects on various traditional eastern therapies, wisdom from many centenarians, guidance and references of other classics, & lastly, a concised format. Worth having it's hardcopy! ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
📝 Got answers which I wanted. Now I can throw copies of this book to those who keep asking me why I read so much.

***Just kidding***

But I do feel this book answers some basic questions as to why some people tirelessly keep doing what they have been doing for years tirelessly even though it's the same things over and over again, say actors, writers, bloggers, artists and so on.

Why do some people never get bored or frustrated repeating doing the same things over and over again?

The answer to this
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I personally believe that having a purpose on in life and then giving it your all is the most important to lead a happy life. This book validates so.

Ikigai is a short but not very short book based on a Japanese concept. According to this concept, we find the deeply sown purpose of our lives from within ourselves by defining our passion, mission, vocation and profession. It gives you tips as to how the simplest things in our life, like sometimes, taking a pause, are what will give us a long and h
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I brought the book Ikigai with me when I went on vacation to Tunesia. One week in the sun, doing nothing and at that time thinking about how I could ever manage to only do what makes me happy and to live as healthy as I can.

It took me a long time to finish it. Not because it was not interesting (it definitely is), but because I needed the focus to read it and remember. I did forget it for a while, during a move to a different house, but today I decided to finish it.

It is a very easy to read "ma
Udit Miglani
Sep 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
My second attempt was more successful than my first- I actually made it to page 65 before succumbing to the pressure of throwing it away, again.
The only takeaway is how to market a book- fancy cover, have exotic "ancient Japanese wisdom" (attributed to a anything that's not objectively defensible), and a very superficial explanation of stuff like Logotherapy...and that's not the only concept discussed here which needs to be understood from a different source.
If you want to be nannied into bein
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
A positive little book about the way of a certain Japanese people who live beyond the age of 100.

This book gives advice on how we can adapt our lives to live longer, which I am very skeptical about. Yes, we can improve how we exercise, eat and work to some extent, but this is very much in certain socio-economic areas. The rest is down to genetics and environment, which many people cannot do a lot about. By telling us to follow certain advice, it doesn't mean we will live to be centerians.

Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is a paperback version of my mother's dos and don'ts list (which I conveniently ignore) - exercise, less salt, lesser sugar, more fruits, don't over-eat, put the phone down, talk to people. This review is basically me saying - Mom, I concede.

However, if unlike the book, longevity isn't on your agenda then please go ahead with your childhood dream of stocking the house with pizza (or other junk equivalent of choice) and eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner while lying down on your
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was the most disappointing read.
Very slow & there was nothing inspiring.

Too dull , too boring.
Norsa'adah Ahmad
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
An easy read. We can understand how people in Ogimi lived a long life. The authors used some Japanese words in the book. They give few tips to live better. Eat more vegetables and make more human connections. To live is to move more. Gardening seems fulfilling too.
Michael Bartellas
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. Short read, with succinct points. This book supported Being able to think about life in a broader sense, with meaningful steps to pursue ones purpose. Recommended!
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first read for the year & I loved it.

"A refreshingly simple recipe for happiness." This book is as beautiful as it’s cover and I inhaled it literally in 2 days.

" Ikigai is what allows you to look forward to in the future even if you're miserable right now.”

I strongly recommend getting a copy !
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: minimalism
This book, it felt like a warm, soothing green tea to the soul. I like how Héctor García and Francesc Miralles coined new terms like “technical-fasting“, “multi-tasking epidemic”, “sophisticated simplicity” and so on. Come to think of it, they truly make sense. We have to refrain from distractions and return to our focus. As said in the book:
Slow down your centrifuge and return to your center- since the mind is a constant swirl of thoughts.

That we shouldn’t get lost in the details of obsessive p
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not big on books on 'personal development'. The few I read, I found repetitive and falsely optimistic. But, I loved this book. It is short, it is sweet and it had a lot of things that resonated with me. There is some practical advice on leading a simpler life and about finding your Ikigai. I found the anecdotes fascinating and the size of the book just right. ...more
Niranjan Kamath
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Great content. This book tells about how to stop the autopilot mode in our life, find our way and drive to the destiny. It helps to answer many questions that we ask ourselves.
The authors have made great efforts in bringing the overall idea including all the aspects, in precise and individualistic manner.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ikigai!!...Flabbergasted to learn the way, Japanese live their life..perhaps, we have to take a leaf from their book, and start applying in our lives 😍🙂...I took in slowly, and finished the book today, which I started in November
P.S: I was reading two other books,alonside
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