QUIET PUR­POSE

Ja­panese se­crets of liv­ing re­vealed in The Lit­tle Book of Iki­gai by Ken Mogi

The Simple Things - - FRESH -

Neu­ro­sci­en­tist Ken Mogi ex­plores why peo­ple in Ja­pan live longer, health­ier, hap­pier lives than their Western coun­ter­parts. He puts it down to the magic of Iki­gai – roughly trans­lated as “a rea­son to get up in the morn­ing” – and the life-en­hanc­ing ef­fects that it de­liv­ers. It’s a ques­tion of ad­just­ing your at­ti­tude – of learn­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate the small things in life ( light on a leaf, cof­fee and cake), main­tain­ing mind­ful­ness, cre­at­ing a sense of com­mu­nity, find­ing a hobby that makes you happy and em­brac­ing the mantra, “You don’t have to blow your own trum­pet to be heard. You can just whis­per – some­times to your­self.” ( Quer­cus)

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