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
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