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Hector Garcia Puigcerver

Ikigai

by Hector Garcia Puigcerver

Ikigai

Hector Garcia Puigcerver

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Ikigai explains how we can live a longer and happier life when we discover our purpose, eat healthy, and find a job we love.

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Ikigai

by Hector Garcia Puigcerver

Ikigai

Hector Garcia Puigcerver

Overview

Do you want to live a long life? How about a happy one? Well, what if you could have both? The secret to a long life actually comes from finding joy and purpose every day.

Most of us think of these ideals as just that - mere dreams. In Japan, however, a common practice known as ikigai - a concept that means "a reason to live" - has been around for centuries. Ikigai promotes longer, more joyful lives. In part, this practice is what makes Japan one of the world's five 'Blue Zones', the places on Earth where people live the longest.

Many people find themselves trapped in the never-ending need to do everything faster, better, and harder. In contrast, discovering our ikigai will help us slow down and find more enjoyment and purpose in our lives. Doing so is what will help us live much longer.

Hector Puigcerver, author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, is a native European who moved to Japan in 2004 and became enamored with Japanese culture. In this book, he breaks down how we can harness the power of ikigai in our own lives.

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"Essentials to happiness in life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

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