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Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life by [Héctor García, Francesc Miralles]
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2014 offered The life-changing magic of tidying2016 surrounded us with hygge In 2017, we'll discover our ikigai.Ikigai - the Japanese secret to a long and happy life from the world's longest living people. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Ikigai urges individuals to simplify their lives by pursuing what sparks joy for themMarie 'KonMari' Kondo

I love [this] book… I read it and it’s bewitched me ever since. I’m spellbound

A refreshingly simple recipe for happiness... According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. It means your purpose – the reason you get up in the morning. The thing that fires you up and keeps you busy. Your raison d'être. ― Stylist

Curl up on the sofa with this and enjoy an insight into Japanese culture while picking up some self-care tips you may not have considered before... Ikigai offers an insight into a gentle yet focused way of life built around a sense of purpose. ― Independent

Ikigai gently unlocks simple secrets we can all use to live long, meaningful, happy lives. Science-based studies weave beautifully into honest, straight-talking conversation you won’t be able to put down. Warm, patient, and kind, this book pulls you gently along your own journey rather than pushing you from behind.

[The] Japanese art of ikigai ... Its basic message is about "authentic living". Practitioners must fill in overlapping circles that cover motivation, fulfilment, what they earn and what improves their life. The answer at the centre will be the key to a happy and long life.Guardian

If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something - and doing it with supreme focus and joy. ― New York Post --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN : B073D36KNM
  • Publisher : Cornerstone Digital; 1st edition (7 September 2017)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 32853 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 123 pages
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Short of a Century
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Light Reading. May Disappoint - Dependent on Reader's Expectation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Light Reading. May Disappoint - Dependent on Reader's Expectation.
Reviewed in India on 13 October 2018
The book does a decent job of relating the concept of Ikigai to modern day psychology (with Frankl's Logotherapy from Man's Search for Meaning among others) and a few scientific references in a simple manner. It talks about how purpose plays an important role in a man's life and the different ways in which it manifests itself. It also tackles some ways to 'find your flow' and ensure that what you do receives 100% of your attention and that you enjoy whatever you are creating.

The book also discusses certain other Japanese concepts like takumi (specialized workers) and moai (connections with community or friend-circle). The brief discussions have the benefit of being to the point and simple but also pose the risk of trivializing them into regular self-help advice. The book also delves into Japanese perspectives on living life and persevering without getting caught up in artificially-created urgency. But again, maybe the authors wished for the readers to research more or meditate more on the content given the concise treatment of the same.

The chapters on diet and exercises have more details and thus, may be more useful. Certain foods are dealt with in greater detail as is the concept of 'hara hachi bu' wherein one eats only 80% of what would actually assuage his hunger. The chapter on exercises includes illustrations and steps. While they may suffice for some of the purposes mentioned in the book - the philosophy behind them, progressive increments and other essential details are missing or insufficient.

I was interested in the concept of Ikigai and wanted to read more about it. Despite being well-written and presenting modern applications, the book did not fulfill my requirements at all. Some of the condensed content made me think that the extended research, including on-site interviews, done by the authors for writing this book was clearly lost in translation or presentation in certain parts.

The hardcover is pretty and soothing with its matte texture. Inner pages are smooth and heavy with a cream tinge. The font size is good. The spine as well as pages hold up well. Overall, the book is quite light and sturdy. Bought it for INR 460 against MRP of INR 499.
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Reviewed in India on 14 October 2019
Just read a back of book and its enough dont waste like me😢
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely helpful in the search for meaning
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best book to read during your break time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 September 2018
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