How Keeping Busy Will Make You Live Longer With Happiness? – “Ikigai”

How Keeping Busy Will Make You Live Longer With Happiness? - "Ikigai"

Living a long life is not important. But how you live that life, this is important 

Pawan Gurjar

Every single soul in this universe will have the wish to live longer, stay healthy, and all with happiness. Not all know that the secret to a long life comes from finding joy and purpose every day. Most of us conclude that these ideals are mere dreams that only a blessed few achieve.

In this summary of Ikigai by Hector Garcia Puigcerver and Francesc Miralles, you’ll learn a long life, a sense of purpose, deep happiness–what if all three fundamental notions came from the same place?

The people of Okinawa, Japan have been practicing Ikigai for decades and this is their “reason to live”. This practice has made Japan a part of the Five Blue Zone of the world where people live the longest. 

Ikigai Key Idea 1: The secret to longevity is a deep purpose in life

Ikigai, in Japanese, is written by combining the symbols that mean “life” with “to be worthwhile”.

Translates roughly because of the happiness of always being busy. 

They can also describe it as an intersection between four unique elements: what you’re passionate about, where your skills lie, how you can earn a living, and what the world needs. Many Japanese believe that everyone has an ikigai or destiny, that they were born to fulfill. 

However, while some people find their ikigai quickly, others must seek it out. If you fall into this latter category, it’s important to persist; Ikigai will ultimately be what motivates you to get out of bed in the morning.

That’s why Okinawans often attain a high specialization and attention to detail in their daily work.

Ikigai is also the key to longevity. So, if your ikigai is your job, never retire. And if your ikigai is a hobby that brings you meaning and joy, never give it up.

The benefits of this commitment are clear. Medical studies conducted on Okinawan centenarians have found low rates of both heart disease and dementia.

The 10 rules of Ikigai

  1. Stay active; don’t retire.
  2. Take it slow.
  3. Don’t fill your stomach.
  4. Surround yourself with wonderful friends.
  5. Get in shape for your next birthday.
  6. Smile.
  7. Reconnect with nature. 
  8. Give thanks.
  9. Live at the moment.
  10. Follow your Ikigai. 

Ikigai Key Idea 2: Stress and Credentials

Ikigai Key Idea 3: Morita Therapy

Ikigai Key Idea 4: Flow

1. To be in a distraction-free environment

2. To have control over what we do at every moment. ​

Ikigai Key Idea 5: Longevity Diet:

In Japanese culture, there’s a belief that only imperfect objects, like a cracked teacup, can be beautiful. We know the concept of wabi-sabi, and it can help you find more enjoyment in your day-to-day life. So, try to let go of the quest for perfection that’s so common in life, and instead accept the beauty that lies in all of life’s imperfections. The result will be extra energy, less stress, and longer life.

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