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Ikigai Book Review the Japanese Formula for Happiness


Hi guys, my name is Rehana and today I have a book recommendation a book review for all of you guys, the book's name is Ikigai and I just finished reading this book. I just love this book so much that I simply could not wait to talk about it most often.

When this book is talked about it is marketed as it is a book that talks regarding passion or it helps you live a purposeful lifetime.

Of course it's that in this book talks about so many topics so many aspects mostly related to health and to live a long life and a purposeful life. But I also learned so many things like I learned about Japanese culture, Chinese culture .

Which is known for people which are above 90 years of age and they're all living happily healthily and then these researchers talk to them about what they have in common, what is their lifestyle, how are they so happy, so healthy and so young.

Their lifestyle what they have in common, what are the exercises that they do on a regular basis and literally I learned so many things from this book.

For example in japan people have a routine you can say which they follow on a regular basis which is called Radio Thai so exercises. So I didn't know about that previously, I had to google it and it is such a fun routine to do on a daily basis and it is like a compulsion in most of the uh fields like in army or in school.


They do this regularly to maintain their health and apart from that this book talks about so many things, like how all of these old and healthy people live together they come together as a community, they celebrate little-little things.

There's mention of peas that these people drink in japan like green tea or jasmine tea, there's mention of grains that they take on a regular basis. They talk about Radio Taiso and there's literally a diagram of Radio Thai.

It is such an amazing exercise and it's such a quick workout that you can do and then there's also mention of yoga .

I do Sun Salutation on a regular basis, So I was so happy when I encountered this and yes it is mentioned that it has come from India.

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So I was like a little proud in my heart, when I read this and then again, there are mentions of other forms of exercises like Tai Chi and Shiatsu and Qui Gong , which have come from different cultures.

So you get to know about so many things, so many healthy things and it just made me so happy this book also teaches you about resilience, about resistance, about how to stay calm in situations. Which are not in your hand and there's a philosophy which is mentioned in this book called Wabi-Sabi.

Which is again from Japan and again this was very new for me, it opened my eyes it gave me a new perspective there are chapters talking about Stoicism. Which is a philosophy that I absolutely love.

There are chapters which talks about the philosophy of Buddhism like how you don't need to uh you know give away all the worldly pleasures and still you can stay calm, still you can be detached from things.

So i can say this is a Bible for art of living, you know it teaches you a lot of things that you simply will do on a daily basis which are doable and the concepts are merged from Japanese Culture, Chinese Culture and a little bit of Indian Culture.

As well which are I think all rich cultures many healthy people live in these countries, many unhealthy people also live there so it's up to you what you can grab from this book, whatever you're familiar with you can take those concepts there are many new things that you will learn in this book.

There are 10 points at the end of this book which is like a summary of how to lead a healthy life or they call it the 10 rules of Ikigai.

I didn't know all healthy things because I am a sucker for all healthy things, I love to read uh things that could make me healthy, I love to know about food that could make me healthy, I love to learn new routines new exercises and this book gave such a large amount of ideas to begin with So I strongly recommend you to read this book.

I hope you liked this review


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 27, 2021:

Rihana, we have similar tastes. I did a book review on Ikigai almost four years ago. I also love the book and recommend it highly. Thanks for the reminders.

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