Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: August 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.
Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions.
Bring meaning and joy to your every day with ikigai.
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia Puigcerver and Francesc Miralles had been on my shelf for the longest time. What better pick to kick off the new decade and the #TBRCHALLENGE2020.
We all look to combine passion and profession. To be able to do what we love, and get paid for it. I found my Ikigai about two decades back and am living my dream. This book attempts to help readers find their own Ikigai.
Before we dive into the review, let us understand what Ikigai is. Ikigai is a Japanese term meaning the reason to live. The one thing that has us all raring to go each morning.
The book is divided into three primary sections – Anti-aging secrets, logotherapy, and finding flow. It does not speak of anything out of the box. Just the things we are already aware of. A good diet, daily exercise, active participation in the community are all secrets to a long and successful life. The language is simple and easy to grasp. It does include statistics, but not the usual jargon.
What appealed to me the most was logotherapy, particularly the case studies. Human psychology intrigues me (When The Soul Heals by Pulkit Sharma is a favorite). I enjoy reading about the different psychotherapeutic approaches. The book is peppered with quite a few case studies that made an interesting read.
Going by the blurb, you too would probably have expected that the book was about finding your reason to live. It is, but not in the way one would expect. It does not really provide you tools to help find your Ikigai. It is a discussion about how you can lead a fulfilling life.
Also, I did find the structure of the book a bit confusing. It does not really flow well. I feel the authors could have devoted a few more pages (the book is barely 208 pages long) going into detail on topics that were barely touched upon.
I had a hard time rating the book. Anything 3-stars would not do justice since I did like the book. Just that it was not a “path-breaking” one for me. Maybe I had too many expectations, going by all the hype surrounding it. It is a good book nonetheless, and I would recommend reading it once. Maybe it could work better for you.Anti-aging secrets, logotherapy, and finding flow. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life #BookReview #BohoPonderings #TBRCHALLENGE2020 Click To Tweet