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Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Key insights from Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles'

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life


Key insights from Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles'

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

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This powerful Japanese concept is the universal key to longevity.

"Ikigai" — roughly translated as “the happiness of being constantly occupied” or, more concisely, one’s raison d’être — has taken the self-help industry by storm, but few who bat it around have actually taken the time to look into its meaning. Through this Snapshot, you’ll come to understand its cultural importance, philosophical approach, and ability to transform your life into one of contentment.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are tired of looking for solutions to happiness when you know you have the power within
  • Are looking for an alternative to the overwhelming amount of health advice out there
  • Believe it’s time for a new you
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Introduction

When Héctor García and Francesc Miralles first came together to flesh out the concepts covered in this Snapshot, they were enamored by the fact that Japan boasted the highest population of people over the age of 100. Their journey took them to the rural village of Ogimi in northern Okinawa, home to the largest number of centenarians per capita. Toward defining the secret to Okinawans’ longevity, they focused on local foods and other resources, but after a year of anthropological study found that the real secret was something far less tangible: namely, an unbridled sense of...

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