Ikigai Los secretos de Japón para una vida larga y feliz

Ikigai Los secretos de Japón para una vida larga y feliz “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 The book's title is a little misleading while it does talk about ikigai it also talks about what things are connected to it and the main point is on having a long happy healthyish life as seen from the mostly Okinawan way of life The authors traveled to Ogimi which is in Okinawa Japan and spent time there interviewing and observing the oldest people who all seemed to have this ikigai the reason to get up in the morning a joy of life and very active daily activitiesThe chapters talk about things like the state of flow logotherapy and morita therapy which both can well connect to the ikigai concept on being active what one should eat exercises and facing problems and change Each chapter seems to add andor comment something to the main idea and one chapter focuses on the people of Ogimi itselfThe three stars were mainly because I didn't agree with everything but then not everything needs to be agreed on Also many of the things were familiar to me already That said neither point made me angry or make me regret buyingreading the book and the book was a uick read I think the majority of the information was still great and made the book absolutely worth reading and keeping Buettner's Blue Zones book might be worth to read and to read first but just reading this might be inspiring enough or make a good adding to the book mentioned 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 than 5 pages of random and in no way revealing profound or even interesting uotes from these interviewsthat is just disrespectful To the reader and to the interviewees This book has a lot of things going for it it is concise packages best known appreciated theories on a long life happiness and provides examples from Japan on a fulfilling lifeIkigai is the Japanese concept of a purposeful life where what you love are good at intersects with what the world really needs and is willing to pay for making it a winning combination which you as an individual enjoy pursuing The authors start with Logotherapy pioneered by Victor Frankl who after a painful period of internment at a Nazi concentration camp outlines this concept of finding purpose to life In contrast to traditional psychotherapy which is concerned with finding a problem Logotherapy offers a positive outlook The book later explores the concept of Ikigai with a narrative on how the longest living communities in Japan spend their lives There is a common pattern among those who live long they mostly eat plant based food have strong community bonds are physically very active primarily with light exercises like walking and pursue hobbies or careers they are passionate about Most of them do not have a concept of retirement and continue these practices well into old age There is material devoted to yoga meditation and other practices which help strengthen the mind and lend balance to lifeThis is a book which summarizes important concepts very well Only I did not find too much new information except for the descriptions and voices of a few communities in JapanA recommended read for the importance of the subject it covers I expected 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 uantitative 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 uite 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 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 💙 Meh It's really just a recap of The Blue Zones of Happiness with emphasis on the Okinawa aspect The uote I find most disconcerting after reading the entire book is There is no perfect strategy to connecting with our ikigaibut what we learn from the Okinawans is don't worry too much about finding it But then in the next and final page they say if you don't know what your ikigai is yet as Viktor Frankl says your mission is to discover itSo which is it? And aside from exercising and eating vegetables how do we find this elusive purpose? Do stuff that gives you FlowI don't believe ikigaipurpose necessarily provide an inclination toward Flow But if that is the case read Csikszentmihalyi's book rather than this one The below review is as on read a good number of self help books in the past and not being too inspired by any of them I was kind of reluctant to pick this one up But there was something so soothing and inviting about the cover the depiction of Japanese cherry blossoms because of which I decided that maybe it was worth a shot Believe me I was not disappointedIkigai is a treasure trove of life’s secrets It posits a series of precise and workable solutions for people who might feel that their life lacks a purpose But this book isn’t just going to help you find your purpose It also talks about finding your “flow” and how staying active and occupied is the key to longevity and a happy lifeIkigai cites a good deal of solid research with recommended reading on the last page and therefore it does not come across as preachy or sermonising It is simply straightforward and factual The chapters are short and a lot of the tips come in the form of bullet points There are whole sections of the book that are dedicated to healthy eating exercise and the art of living among many other useful topics The work centers around a study that was carried out on residents of the Japanese city of Okinawa Ikigai is mostly about what we can learn from the lifestyles and personal philosophies of the many supercentenarians who live in this town It is an inspiring read and a lot of its arguments have their basis in solid fact This helps the book come across as authentic and hopeful I really felt that this book has the potential to change people’s lives and I plan on reading it again Unlike other self help books Ikigai is a study of real life examples It also provides key insights into some very positive aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle So if you’re a fan of Eastern tradition and all things Japanese I’m sure you’ll enjoy this bookTo summarise here’s what I really liked about this book The fact that it does not give you advise It is simply outlining things that have previously worked for a certain set of people in the East It offers an unconventional solution to extending one’s life span ie staying busy The book celebrates aging and regards it as an enriching process Each year we are growing older but we must remember that life is actually providing us time to dwell on our passions This is a feel good read and one that surely has something for everybody to take away I bet on the fact that every reader will make the effort to change something about hisher lifestyle no matter how small after reading Ikigai The book is a thesis based on the reality of life It cites contemporary examples from recent history like the Tsunami that affected Fukushima power plant and asks us to think about what we can learn from them Ikigai asks readers to focus on their inward journey which I think is very important in the fast paced technology driven existences that we all leadOn the whole I would rate this book 55 stars for the effective treatment of its subject matter I also appreciate the fact that the writers have put things across uite simply and this makes the book an accessible read In short Ikigai is like a breath of fresh air If you don’t read it you’re probably missing out This book has nothing to do with Ikigai Honestly it should've been titled How to Live a Long Life like an Okinawan I just got my Japanese pension book in the mail today but won't be able to use it for a good 20 years yet so staying alive for a long time suddenly just became a bit real for me to get all my pension payments back I'll need to be around for a good 30 years at least And the advice presented here seems irrefutable eat fruit and veg; drink less alcohol; do a bit of exercise everyday; don't sweat the small stuff; don't sweat the big stuff; hang out with your loved ones everyday; and find a pursuit however large or small that gives meaning to your life Stay active doing that And push yourself doing it but just a little Oh and get plenty but not too much sleep and don't eat too much Is it that simple and obvious to live to a ripe old age? Probably Sounds reasonable to me but you could hardly call this book a thorough analysis of why the Japanese live such a long and happy life as the subtitle proclaims or even if they do One cherry picked scientific uotation here one Nassim Nicholas Taleb theory there sprinkled with a couple of anecdotes from old folks in Okinawa do not constitute scientific evidence I'm sure regular high uality healthcare plays the most significant role too But still It's a nice pretty hardback to own and won't take than a couple of hours to read especially if you skip the exercise sections and flip to the 10 point summary on page 184Download my starter library for free here and receive my monthlynewsletter with book recommendations galore for the Japanophile crime fiction lover in all of us


About the Author: Hector Garcia Puigcerver

I'm the author of several Japanese culture books Ikigai the Japanese Secret for a Long and Happy Life The Book of Ichigo Ichie Shinrinyoku The Ikigai Journey and A Geek in JapanI LOVE reading and writingAutor de los libros sobre cultura japonesa Ikigai Ichigo Ichie Shinrinyoku Un Geek en Japónhttpauthorhectorgarcia


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