A way of liv­ing

The Lit­tle Book of Iki­gai: The Se­cret Ja­panese Way to Live a Happy and Long Life, by Ken Mogi, €7.84

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

Do you ever won­der why Ja­panese men’s longevity ranks fourth in the world and Ja­panese women’s ranks sec­ond? This book sug­gests it may well be down to iki­gai, a way of liv­ing that is em­bed­ded in their daily life. Neu­ro­sci­en­tist and best­selling writer Ken Mogi pro­vides an ab­sorb­ing in­sight into iki­gai, in­cor­po­rat­ing sci­en­tific re­search and first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence. He iden­ti­fies five key pil­lars to iki­gai: start­ing small; re­leas­ing your­self; har­mony and sus­tain­abil­ity; the joy of lit­tle things; and be­ing in the here and now. The Ja­panese talk about iki­gai as “a rea­son to get up in the morn­ing. It is some­thing that keeps one’s en­thu­si­asm for life go­ing.” That alone is an en­tice­ment to pick up this book.

Age­ing is a mix­ture of gains and losses —Ac­tor Roger Moore

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