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6 Simple and Everyday Steps Towards a Longer and Happy Life According to the Book "Ikigai"

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Mar is a child educator and an English lit graduate who enjoys reading and writing poems, articles, and short stories on various topics.


If you look up the definition of the word "Ikigai" on Google, you will find it. "Ikigai" signifies "reason for being," according to this definition. If we expand on the concept of "IKigai," we can see that it simply emphasizes the idea that having a purpose or aim in life is the key to living a longer and happier life. Even the most valuable items deteriorate over time if they are not used. They will not remain in their most natural and healthy state. The same is true for "Human" and the life we live; if we sit and do not use our abilities and energy to work or think we are valuable, our minds and bodies will deteriorate over time. Finding a " Purpose" in life entails being preoccupied with your goals and objectives.


"IKigai, A Japanese secret to a long and happy life"

The book was published by two authors, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, after they visited an area in Japan called " Okinawa" that is known for its residents living longer and happier lives.
During their tour, the writers conducted interviews with a number of people in order to determine the explanation for their longer and happier lives. And what they found out and interviewed was brilliantly presented to us in the shape of "IKigai," one of my favorite books. Although the book is a life guide for things, in this post I will depict the measures taken by people in Japan and around the world who live the longest and happiest lives.
So, if you want to live a longer, happier life and achieve your "IKigai," these six lessons from the book can assist you in achieving your goal.

Below are the 6 simple lifestyle steps towards a happy and lengthy life according to the book:

1.Work, Be Busy

The people of Okinawa believe that one should never retire from labor. To live a healthy and calm life, one should always stay busy and never be idle. It's also been established that if we don't accomplish anything and just sit around, we'll think of other things, which might be depressing. Being busy entails not abandoning your job as you become older and taking on minor personal responsibilities on your own. This is not only good for your physical health, but it is also good for your mental wellbeing.

2.Have a Rest

Working is necessary to burn calories, but we also need to rest in order to re-energize for the day. After a long day of work, get a good night's sleep. Never put your sleep and rest in jeopardy. Set a time and a routine for yourself, and plan your work and rest accordingly. According to the book Sleep on Time, getting enough rest after a full day at work is also a vital aspect in living a happy and healthy life.

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3.Eat Less Food

We, or at least the majority of us, enjoy food. We jump on the plate when we see our favorite meal and want to eat it all, but this is not the Japanese way of doing things. The Japanese believe that we should never consume all of our meals. They believe that by eating less, their digestive system will not have to work as hard to digest the meal. They do this by serving smaller dishes with more variety but less food. Smaller plates with fewer meals give the impression of more food, but the amount of food is actually quite limited.
"Eat for living, do not live for eating," they say.

4.Eat healthy ,Nutrients Rich Food

When it comes to food, Diet is also very important to the Japanese. Fresh vegetables and fruits, mostly grown on their own farms, fish, which they eat frequently, and green tea, which is high in antioxidants, are all part of their diet. People in such locations are always slender, smart, and healthy because they eat a well-balanced diet.

5.Mild Exercise Everyday

Working alone all day is also a form of physical workout. Mild stretching is, nonetheless, part of a healthy lifestyle habit. Mild exercise on a daily basis not only keeps your body limber and energetic, but it also produces the hormones that make you happy.


This word may appear uninteresting to introverts, yet your friends and the people around you are a vital aspect in improving your mental health. Chatting with others who share your interests is a terrific way to relieve stress and stay joyful.

These small, everyday efforts can go a long way toward living a healthy life. So, get your calendars out and plan your day properly.
Best of luck!

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