Book Review: Ikigai. Recently, I finished reading Ikigai, “A Japanese secret to a long life”. It is a short but immensely informative book. Initially, the book seemed a little preachy. I felt as if a few facts that everybody already knows of are repeated.
Yet, I was determined to finish it up as it was a part of my new year’s resolution. By the end of this book, I was contented with the overall pleasure of reading that was bestowed upon me.
Book Review: Ikigai
This book has a cogent agenda of longevity linked with the purpose of one’s life. The world’s largest population of centenarians shares with the readers many tips to achieve a long life full of meaning. It is beautifully elaborated how a person who is dedicated to a form of art, literary work, sport, or any other hobby can keep him going till the end of time.
Being devoted to a certain activity generates a zeal to do it every day. As a result, the satisfaction one experiences works similar to a life-increasing elixir. Okinawa, which was the most affected city after the world war is the center of discussion in this book. It bears the maximum number of healthy centenarians in Japan.
Apart from keeping a hobby, other attributes of Okinawa citizens are a strong bond of friendships and the will to give back to society. Having healthy homemade food and spreading out the meal into several dishes are a few things that help in eating less than the body’s requirement which is said to contribute to the longevity of people in Japan.
The book is written in a very engaging manner with real-life experiences of people and personal interviews. It also has a few illustrations that make it even more interesting to read. In conclusion, it is worth reading and will contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual wellness of an individual.