Is there anything better than reading a new book on a sunny Sunday?
Sunlight streaming through the windows, the smell of crisp pages and approximately nothing to do. (Don’t get me wrong, there in nothing quite like a rainy day of reading either).
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, written by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles, is a beautiful book (and the perfect sunny Sunday read).
If you haven’t heard of the concept before, then you are not alone. I hadn’t really heard of it myself until I discovered this tucked away in a bookshop.
Essentially Ikigai translates into ‘the happiness of always being busy.’
It is a sense of busy not in the way the modern Western world may tend to consider it. Not to the point of exhaustion and breaking point. Rather busy with a sense of purpose and greater good.
The authors explore Blue Zones like Okinawa in South Japan and chat with people who live to be 100 years and over.
A healthy diet (and eating until you’re only 80% full with only limited sugar and salt), a simple and active life spent in your garden and drinking tea (specifically green) are all important to leading a healthy, happy life according to this book.
But more than that, a beautiful life is about finding your Ikigai.
‘There is a passion inside you, a unique talent that gives meaning to your days and drives you to share the best of yourself until the very end,’ the authors say.
“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb
Living fast is a common symptom of our modern world. But slowing down and finding your flow is what life is all about.
Indulge in your days. Build your resilience.
Your job is simply to discover what it is that drives you. What inspires you to jump out of bed each morning?
Find out and do that.
And don’t waste a minute of it.
Find out more about Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life here.