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?

Ikigai Details

TitleIkigai
Author
LanguageSpanish
ReleaseApr 30th, 2016
PublisherUrano
ISBN-139788479539221
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Cultural, Japan, Philosophy, Health, Psychology

Ikigai Review

  • Chris Chester
    January 1, 1970
    I kind of feel bad panning this book, because I think helping people find their ikigai -- or their purpose in life -- is a worthwhile goal.The problem is, I have to think that the author and his publisher know that this book doesn't come anywhere close to achieving that goal.Instead, this book is a jumbled mess. It borrows heavily from the work of others, from Victor Frankl to the guys studying flow states, slaps on a thin veneer of received wisdom from Japanese octogenarians and attempts to pas I kind of feel bad panning this book, because I think helping people find their ikigai -- or their purpose in life -- is a worthwhile goal.The problem is, I have to think that the author and his publisher know that this book doesn't come anywhere close to achieving that goal.Instead, this book is a jumbled mess. It borrows heavily from the work of others, from Victor Frankl to the guys studying flow states, slaps on a thin veneer of received wisdom from Japanese octogenarians and attempts to pass the whole thing off as a guide for living.And when I say the veneer of Japanese culture is thin, I mean it is THIN. The author took a trip to Okinawa at some point and has some quotes from old folks there. He makes references to big cultural figures like Miyazaki and Murakami, does some hand-waving at tai-chi and green tea and calls it a day.And the whole package isn't even put together well. It repeats itself several times (did you know old people on Okinawa tend vegetable gardens? because you will hear about it!) and the structure is just a jumbled mess.Stay away.
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  • Irmak
    January 1, 1970
    Beklentimi hiçbir açıdan karşılamayan bir kitap oldu Ikigai. İçerisinde birçoğumuzun bilmediği çok az şey barındırıyordu ki onlarda Japonlara has şeylerdi zaten. Diğer anlatılan her şey bir şekilde kulağımıza gelmiş olan, okuduğumuz ya da büyüklerimiz tarafından bize söylenen şeylerdi. Bu açıdan bana bir şeyler katan bir kitap olmadı.Kitap boyunca devamlı başka kitaplardan alıntılama, o kitaplardan verilen örnekler üzerinden ilerleme vardı. Ve bu beni bi yerden sonra rahatsız etti çünkü başka ki Beklentimi hiçbir açıdan karşılamayan bir kitap oldu Ikigai. İçerisinde birçoğumuzun bilmediği çok az şey barındırıyordu ki onlarda Japonlara has şeylerdi zaten. Diğer anlatılan her şey bir şekilde kulağımıza gelmiş olan, okuduğumuz ya da büyüklerimiz tarafından bize söylenen şeylerdi. Bu açıdan bana bir şeyler katan bir kitap olmadı.Kitap boyunca devamlı başka kitaplardan alıntılama, o kitaplardan verilen örnekler üzerinden ilerleme vardı. Ve bu beni bi yerden sonra rahatsız etti çünkü başka kitaplardan kırpılan bilgilerin derlemesini okuyor gibi hissetmeme sebep oldu.Üstelik kitap Japonların uzun yaşam sırrını bir şekilde bize aktarmaya çalışsa da mutlu yaşam sırrını aktaramamıştı. Bu tarz bir şeyi okuduğum zaman hayatıma nasıl uygulayacağımı da bana örneklendirmesini isterim, bu kitapta bunu bulamadım ben.Yani işin özü biraz şişirilmiş bir kitap olduğunu düşünüyorum.Güzel reklamı yapıldı, helal olsun.
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  • Gabriela
    January 1, 1970
    I could live with the fact that every idea about the Western approach to finding a purpose in life is taken from Frankl, Taleb and a few others. With no personal contribution from the authors. But to claim that you interviewed 100 people from Okinawa and to present your readers with no more than 5 pages of random (and in no way revealing, profound or even interesting) quotes from these interviews...that is just disrespectful. To the reader and to the interviewees.
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  • BookishDubai
    January 1, 1970
    This book has nothing to do with Ikigai. Honestly it should've been titled How to Live a Long Life like an Okinawan.
  • Nadia King
    January 1, 1970
    I literally inhaled this book. Ikigai is a beautiful book about Japanese culture and discusses the secret to a long and happy life. If you're interested in Japanese culture and self-development this gorgeous book is for you. Just reading this had a calm and centering effect on me. "Happiness is always determined by your heart." 💙
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  • Jasmin Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I expected more but this book disappoints. It doesnt seem to follow a clear thread but rather jumps randomly around from one fact to another (which the authors thought relevant) such as stress and what it does to the body, and then short profiles on some of the longest lived persons on the planet. These don't have much to do with the Ogimi folk of Okinawa that the researchers were going to visit and interview. I though they were going to write about them and their entire time spent with them, bu I expected more but this book disappoints. It doesnt seem to follow a clear thread but rather jumps randomly around from one fact to another (which the authors thought relevant) such as stress and what it does to the body, and then short profiles on some of the longest lived persons on the planet. These don't have much to do with the Ogimi folk of Okinawa that the researchers were going to visit and interview. I though they were going to write about them and their entire time spent with them, but this is only a small feature in the book. The other thing that annoys me is when scientists try to interpret something abstract and philosophical using an outsider's point of view and quantitative methods. Already when they wrote in the beginning chapter that they couldn't believe that only the Okinawan diet and some other 'lesser' important activities could help the population live long, I thought, ok, here we go. Basically what this book told me was that they hadn't understood anything. And were coming quite late to the party with facts about health, holism and nature, that can be read and explored much better in other books. Not worth the read.
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  • Tuna Turan
    January 1, 1970
    İkigai; sabah uyanmak için kendinize bir sebep bulmak anlamına geliyormuş. Kitap enteresan bir şekilde dikkatimi çekti ve kolay, akıcı bir şekilde okudum. Uzun zaman yaşamış insanlarla yapılmış röportajlar, onlardan uzun yaşama sırlarının anlatıldığı bir kitap. Çok mantıklı bir şey, ama hayat şartları kendi "ikigai"ni bulmaya izin vermeyebilir!
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  • Dagmar Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastisch boek, lekker vlot en heel toegankelijk. Je voelt je al een gelukkiger mens als je 'Ikigai' leest. Echt een aanrader met fijne tips, inspirerende ideeën en vol positieve energie.
  • Imogen Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Ikigai is a Japanese concept that translates to 'reason for being'. Until picking this book up on a whim (the cover was pretty, and I am easily sold on pretty books), I had never really heard of this idea, so this book acted as my introduction. The Good - This book was simply written and concise (for the most part), with little emphasis on flowery or pretentious writing, thus making for a quick and easy read.- The cover of this book is stunning. It's 100% why I picked the book up.- As someone wh Ikigai is a Japanese concept that translates to 'reason for being'. Until picking this book up on a whim (the cover was pretty, and I am easily sold on pretty books), I had never really heard of this idea, so this book acted as my introduction. The Good - This book was simply written and concise (for the most part), with little emphasis on flowery or pretentious writing, thus making for a quick and easy read.- The cover of this book is stunning. It's 100% why I picked the book up.- As someone who was unfamiliar with Ikigai, this was a fair introduction, which covered a lot of the fundamental aspects in just the right amount of detail to keep me interested, without overwhelming me. I think that a lot of the negative reviews come from people who already knew and understood Ikigai, so perhaps this book would be better marketed as Ikigai for Beginners? The Bad - I don't know if the authors were trying to cover too much in one book here; ideas and concepts were thrown in for a paragraph (or even simply named-dropped), and the focus of the book jumped around from sentence to sentence. I feel like more focus on Ikigai as a concept was needed as opposed to Ikigai and Okinawa and mindfulness and tai chi and yoga and Morita therapy and every type of meditation etc. etc.- The book gets repetitive towards the end. Mediation and vegetable patches appear to have a mention per page.- The book mentions a lot of case studies to demonstrates points, but none are taken past surface level. Whilst they were all interesting (view spoiler)[particularly Studio Ghibli and Steve Jobs for me personally (hide spoiler)], I would have liked to have been given greater depth and understanding of some of them in regards to Ikigai.- 'It has been scientifically shown'... OKAY SO BACK IT UP. I felt like my psychology teacher reading this book at some points, begging for some evidence or outlined research to support what the authors were saying. Instead, I got generalised, vague statements that were backed up with unnamed or missing studies.Overall, I actually enjoyed this book and managed to get through it in only a few hours. I would recommend looking into it if you want a brief introduction into Ikigai, but I am sure that there are better alternatives out there for anyone wanting more.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Quick review for a quick read. I definitely like the concept of "ikigai" and looked forward to learning more about the concept based on the description this book gave. However, upon finishing this - I felt that some of the advice was helpful, but very generalized and unfocused in this book. You get tidbits of insight on Japanese culture here, but it's more in the eyes of the authors experiencing the culture than it is direct voicing from the culture itself. That's a problem when you're trying to Quick review for a quick read. I definitely like the concept of "ikigai" and looked forward to learning more about the concept based on the description this book gave. However, upon finishing this - I felt that some of the advice was helpful, but very generalized and unfocused in this book. You get tidbits of insight on Japanese culture here, but it's more in the eyes of the authors experiencing the culture than it is direct voicing from the culture itself. That's a problem when you're trying to directly center on aspects which are unique to a specific culture - it shouldn't be told through a lens that's summarized and doesn't give a true backstory. I felt many of the concepts here were helpful ones from a health perspective, but it still wasn't concrete enough for me to feel like it was supported by research, experience, or cultural insights. It's a quick read and doesn't take much time at all to get through, but I would encourage others to - if you're going to pick this up - seek out other narratives that explain the concept of "ikigai" - this only scratches a small surface, and the experience is a bit unfulfilling at the potential opportunities the narrative could've used to dig deeper.Overall score: 2.5/5 stars.
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  • YaseminReads
    January 1, 1970
    Yıllardır bir ikigaim varmış da farkında değilmişim. Şimdi daha bilinçli bir şekilde yaşamıma devam edeceğim. ikigaimi keşfettim, mutlu olmanın kendimce yorumunu buldum. anti-kırılganlık kavramını keşfettim. mutluyum....
  • Ezgi Tülü
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 35%
  • Marije
    January 1, 1970
    Ik zal het boek hier even samenvatten, want het is nogal lang van stof.De enige hint in dit boek om je Ikigai te vinden, is door jezelf de vraag 'Waarom heb je nog geen zelfmoord gepleegd?' te stellen. Daar moet je bij optellen dat je gezond moet eten en voldoende moet bewegen, en in contact moet blijven met mensen om je heen, want dan word je ouder dan honderd.Graag gedaan.
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  • Shhhhh Ahhhhh
    January 1, 1970
    This isn't a bad book but it's not as informative as I hoped it would be. I didn't feel that an adequate job was done of fleshing out the titular concept. It read more like a sci pop piece (in the style of Gladwell, not Pinker or Diamond) mixed with an amateur's ethnography of a blue zone. I appreciate the smatterings of references to more dense material but felt that it was haphazardly weaved together. I don't feel like I've gotten a primer on the concept, but I do feel that I've gotten a quick This isn't a bad book but it's not as informative as I hoped it would be. I didn't feel that an adequate job was done of fleshing out the titular concept. It read more like a sci pop piece (in the style of Gladwell, not Pinker or Diamond) mixed with an amateur's ethnography of a blue zone. I appreciate the smatterings of references to more dense material but felt that it was haphazardly weaved together. I don't feel like I've gotten a primer on the concept, but I do feel that I've gotten a quick guide on how to live a long life, including some details that other books have left out. Literally, if it wasn't called Ikigai and I hadn't picked it up specifically to maximize my knowledge about ikigai, this would be a 4 or 5 star review right now.
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  • Joany de Vries-Verbrugge
    January 1, 1970
    Ik kreeg deze als cadeautje van de lieve Luna van @leesdame en heb het boek binnen een dag uitgelezen. De rode draad van het boek is oud worden door bezig te blijven, maar het gaat veel verder dan dat. Waar ik nog het meest van kan leren is de les; concentreer je op één ding tegelijk.Er zijn echter heel veel manieren waarop je de lessen uit dit boek kunt toepassen. Luna schreef er al een hele mooie recensie over waaruit je precies goed op kunt maken hoe waardevol dit boek is. Zeker even lezen du Ik kreeg deze als cadeautje van de lieve Luna van @leesdame en heb het boek binnen een dag uitgelezen. De rode draad van het boek is oud worden door bezig te blijven, maar het gaat veel verder dan dat. Waar ik nog het meest van kan leren is de les; concentreer je op één ding tegelijk.Er zijn echter heel veel manieren waarop je de lessen uit dit boek kunt toepassen. Luna schreef er al een hele mooie recensie over waaruit je precies goed op kunt maken hoe waardevol dit boek is. Zeker even lezen dus.
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  • Jenny Grant
    January 1, 1970
    The last book I read on this topic was really inspiring and I couldn’t put it down. I was looking forward to reading this one and was woefully disappointed.It’s insipid, tedious and misses the point entirely.
  • Ran
    January 1, 1970
    The book is a light dive into the Japanese concept of ikigai (fulfillment through knowing one's raison d'être) and into the "secrets" of supercentenarians (over 110 years) in Okinawa. I am not sure if it's the translation from Spanish to English that makes the book feel a little ... hmm, strange. But there's a honest determination to "live forever" in underneath the interest in the Japanese supercentenarians. It seems to at times equate quality of life with living forever as if it's the logical The book is a light dive into the Japanese concept of ikigai (fulfillment through knowing one's raison d'être) and into the "secrets" of supercentenarians (over 110 years) in Okinawa. I am not sure if it's the translation from Spanish to English that makes the book feel a little ... hmm, strange. But there's a honest determination to "live forever" in underneath the interest in the Japanese supercentenarians. It seems to at times equate quality of life with living forever as if it's the logical approach and doesn't seem to address any issues that might arise with people living longer and longer on this planet. Maybe I'm just not interested in living forever so it struck me as odd.
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  • Erbuğ Kaya
    January 1, 1970
    Kişisel gelişim kitaplarını sevmem. Bu kitabı Japon kültürüne dayandığı için merak ettim. Hiç ilgimi çekmedi. İki yıldız bir kaç örnek için.
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy LifeIkigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." It is similar to the French phrase Raison d'être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. Examples include work, hobbies and raising children.The term ikigai compounds two Japanese words: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy LifeIkigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." It is similar to the French phrase Raison d'être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. Examples include work, hobbies and raising children.The term ikigai compounds two Japanese words: iki meaning "life; alive" and kai "(an) effect; (a) result; (a) fruit; (a) worth; (a) use; (a) benefit; (no, little) avail" "a reason for living [being alive]; a meaning for [to] life; what [something that] makes life worth living; a raison d'etre".In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life. The word ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. Secondly, the word is used to refer to mental and spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that their lives are valuable. It's not necessarily linked to one's economic status or the present state of society. Even if a person feels that the present is dark, but they have a goal in mind, they may feel ikigai. Behaviours that make us feel ikigai are not actions we are forced to take—these are natural and spontaneous actions."people can feel real ikigai only when, on the basis of personal maturity, the satisfaction of various desires, love and happiness, encounters with others, and a sense of the value of life, they proceed toward self-realization."“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.”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?The book itself is a very nice and interesting read, but does not really offer a road/ way/ route to find your ikigai. The authors just mention and briefly explain some theories that can help you there. But a good read for inspiration for a better, happier and healthier life, and who does not want that.
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  • Marieke
    January 1, 1970
    ikigai・生甲斐zn. nut van het leven Ik weet niet precies wat ik van dit boek vond.. Aan de ene kant vond ik het heel erg leuk en zaten er echt goede lessen in, maar aan de andere kant vond ik het soms enorm zweverig.. Maar misschien komt dat ook wel doordat ik helemaal niks heb met energiestromen door je lichaam enzo. Dat dorpje met zoveel 100-jarigen vond ik wel erg inspirerend! Mooie adviezen gaven die mensen ook in de interviews die in dit boek zijn weergegeven. Het einde van dit boek bevatte ve ikigai・生甲斐zn. nut van het leven Ik weet niet precies wat ik van dit boek vond.. Aan de ene kant vond ik het heel erg leuk en zaten er echt goede lessen in, maar aan de andere kant vond ik het soms enorm zweverig.. Maar misschien komt dat ook wel doordat ik helemaal niks heb met energiestromen door je lichaam enzo. Dat dorpje met zoveel 100-jarigen vond ik wel erg inspirerend! Mooie adviezen gaven die mensen ook in de interviews die in dit boek zijn weergegeven. Het einde van dit boek bevatte veel verschillende manieren van bewegen. Yoga, tai chi en qigong bijvoorbeeld. Er werden hier ook voorbeelden bij gegeven van oefeningen, maar dit vond ik totaal niet nuttig. In mijn ogen diende dit meer als pagina-opvulling dan dat het echt nuttig was. De oefeningen had ik natuurlijk ook gewoon op internet kunnen vinden. De vele praktische tips om je ikigai te vinden en om in een flow te komen, die vond ik dan weer wel heel erg fijn! Heel mooi beschreven en veel verschillende tips. Ik raad dit boek wel aan, maar voor mij was het soms een beetje te vaag.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Un libro que contiene interesantes reflexiones y sabios consejos procedentes de la cultura oriental, una buena forma de introducirse en este mundillo y empezar a poner en práctica una serie de claves para lograr una vida larga y feliz.
  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    This is a small. It powerful book filled with easy and obtainable goals. I've learned that I must achieve flow by giving up multi-tasking, slowing things down, living in the moment, and to breathe. Back to my sun salutations and meditations.
  • Vincent Van Grootel
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed reading the book. It gave me some good, smaller insights. The kind you need to re-read once in a while. Towards the end some topics were discribed in too much detail and therefore they were not that interesting. I would recommed the book, it's a light and interesting read.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Една от най-вдъхновяващите книги, които съм чела напоследък! Огромен защитник съм на идеята, че всеки от нас си има своя мисия в живота, с която да се чувства най-пълноценен и да помага на други хора. Просто трябва да се вслушаме във вътрешния си глас и да я открием 😊Икигай е философия за живота. Криси
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  • Berfin Kanat
    January 1, 1970
    Eğer bu kitabı uzun yaşamın sırrı için okursanız (100 yaşına kadar yaşamaya ne gerek var da neyse) tatmin olabilirsiniz. İkigai denilen hayatın amacını bulma kısmı benim asıl ilgimi çeken kısımdı ki çok değişik bir bilgiyle karşılaştım diyemem. Biraz şey gibi olmuş, iki farklı konuyu anlatıp üçüncü bölümde bunları birleştirmeye çalışan tezler. Uzun ve mutlu yaşam + hayatınızın amacını nasıl bulursunuz, bulanlar nasıl bulmuş örnekleri. Kitapta Zen budizmi, Tai Chi gibi felsefesi olan öğretilerden Eğer bu kitabı uzun yaşamın sırrı için okursanız (100 yaşına kadar yaşamaya ne gerek var da neyse) tatmin olabilirsiniz. İkigai denilen hayatın amacını bulma kısmı benim asıl ilgimi çeken kısımdı ki çok değişik bir bilgiyle karşılaştım diyemem. Biraz şey gibi olmuş, iki farklı konuyu anlatıp üçüncü bölümde bunları birleştirmeye çalışan tezler. Uzun ve mutlu yaşam + hayatınızın amacını nasıl bulursunuz, bulanlar nasıl bulmuş örnekleri. Kitapta Zen budizmi, Tai Chi gibi felsefesi olan öğretilerden de yüzeysel örnekler var. Anlatılanları hiç bilmeyen birisi için bilgilendirici olabilir, bilgi sahibi olup da harekete geçmek isteyenleri heveslendirebilir. Bu tarz konularda bir şeyler yapmak istiyorsanız ve kafanız karışıksa düşüncelerinizi düzenlemek için de yardımcı olacaktır.
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  • Marius Hoffbauer
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book, it borrows a lot from different theories, but gives them a nicely written summary. As you read it you may find things that speak to you, that you would like to pursue, while others may not be as much to your liking. For me the most interesting part of the book was the first half, where they go into ideas, like what a good diet is, what flow is and how to achieve it, etc. The later part of the book focuses more on people who have lived to be old, and it was still interesting, I enjoyed this book, it borrows a lot from different theories, but gives them a nicely written summary. As you read it you may find things that speak to you, that you would like to pursue, while others may not be as much to your liking. For me the most interesting part of the book was the first half, where they go into ideas, like what a good diet is, what flow is and how to achieve it, etc. The later part of the book focuses more on people who have lived to be old, and it was still interesting, but it felt less focussed and more like a human interest story at times. Still, I am glad I read it.
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  • Leesdame
    January 1, 1970
    Ik zal er geen geheim van maken: ik ben enthousiast over 'Ikigai'! Ik heb na het lezen van dit boek enorm veel geleerd en met een aantal adviezen ben ik meteen aan de slag gegaan.De betekenis van Ikigai is simpel: een reden zoeken voor je bestaan. Waar wordt je gelukkig van? Wat is je streven? Hoe leef je zo gezond mogelijk? Op het Japanse eiland Okinawa leeft vrijwel elke bewoner met een ikigai. Op dit eiland leven meer gezonde en actieve honderdjarigen dan waar ook ter wereld. Reden genoeg dus Ik zal er geen geheim van maken: ik ben enthousiast over 'Ikigai'! Ik heb na het lezen van dit boek enorm veel geleerd en met een aantal adviezen ben ik meteen aan de slag gegaan.De betekenis van Ikigai is simpel: een reden zoeken voor je bestaan. Waar wordt je gelukkig van? Wat is je streven? Hoe leef je zo gezond mogelijk? Op het Japanse eiland Okinawa leeft vrijwel elke bewoner met een ikigai. Op dit eiland leven meer gezonde en actieve honderdjarigen dan waar ook ter wereld. Reden genoeg dus om daar mezelf eens in te gaan verdiepen!Lees verder op mijn blog :)
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  • Stella
    January 1, 1970
    This is a short book with a mismash of ideas starting about finding one's purpose and how keeping active, having a social life within a community and having light work is the secret to longevity. However there was nothing new or insightful here, and towards the second half of the book there was just a description of different exercise forms e.g. tai chi, yoga; a weird section on NNT's book and concept Antifragile, and some quotes from centegerians on their secret to success. There are better boo This is a short book with a mismash of ideas starting about finding one's purpose and how keeping active, having a social life within a community and having light work is the secret to longevity. However there was nothing new or insightful here, and towards the second half of the book there was just a description of different exercise forms e.g. tai chi, yoga; a weird section on NNT's book and concept Antifragile, and some quotes from centegerians on their secret to success. There are better books on purpose, happiness and longevity out there. Having said that, it is a quick read and the cover is incredibly pretty.
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  • Louise Garnier
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so disappointed. I thought this would be an amazing book but actually it's a mess. I could see what the authors were trying to do but they could have done it in 40 pages or less. There were some contradictory thoughts, not to mention the amount of times the same ideia was repeated over and over. Most of the times the graphics were completely unnecessary, as the text is super simple and easy to understand. Also, the amount of information about techniques and breathing exercises seemed as if t I'm so disappointed. I thought this would be an amazing book but actually it's a mess. I could see what the authors were trying to do but they could have done it in 40 pages or less. There were some contradictory thoughts, not to mention the amount of times the same ideia was repeated over and over. Most of the times the graphics were completely unnecessary, as the text is super simple and easy to understand. Also, the amount of information about techniques and breathing exercises seemed as if they were put in the book with no concern in creating a line of thought that actually made sense. Everything sounded very disjointed.Man... I wish I had enjoyed it more but I just couldn't.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe it was because I have read The Blue Zone, but this felt stale; nothing new.
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