An international bestseller that is poised to make the Japanese concept ofikigai--the happiness of always being busy--a household word by revealing the secrets of the world's longest-living people. A PENGUIN HARDCOVER ORIGINAL
"Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years." --Japanese proverb
According to the Japanese, everyone has anikigai--a reason for living. The authors of IKIGAI interviewed more than 100 residents of the Japanese village with the world's highest percentage of 100-year-olds and found that their well-being was attributed largely toikigai.Having a strong sense ofikigai--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: They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they've found a real purpose in life--the happiness of always being busy.
IKIGAI reveals the secrets to longevity and happiness of the world's longest-living people: how they eat, how they move, how they work, how they foster collaboration and community, and--their best-kept secret--how they find theikigaithat brings satisfaction to their lives. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your ownikigai.Because who doesn't want to grow old while being forever young?
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