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Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

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I listened to the audiobook, and was disappointed by how horribly the narrator pronounced Japanese terms.

If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something - and doing it with supreme focus and joy. It is another Japanese concept which can be translated as 'This moment exists only now and won't come again'. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason for being; the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. Biography: Hector Garcia (Author) Hector Garcia is a citizen of Japan, where he has lived for over a decade, and of Spain, where he was born.

It gets a bit technical at times, with all the referencing and counter referencing articles and theories related to the subject, but if you do manage to trudge along (like I did) you will be able to glean some of the gems along the way, and come to think of it, like me, you may want to go for a second reading just to highlight some portions that are worth emulating. Please note that all 3 books were written before COVID and each book suggested one of the best socializing things to do was to have dinner parties, but obviously that couldn't happen then, but hopefully people are getting back to doing this. For me, it is the concept of resilience, and how we handle any challenges and focus on the meaning or purpose we give to our lives. That is why it is so important to expose yourself to change, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone and feeling anxious. Another issue is that quite a few of the examples of healthy living are taken from other parts of the world and not Japan itself.

Antioxidants are molecules that slow the oxidation process in cells (I would encourage you to google iron oxidation for a visual representation of the similar process that goes on in our bodies). It surfs above some areas and goes into so much detail in others, that it hurts the flow of the reading.

Financial Freedom gives you an opportunity, not to retire and relax, but to burn yourself in things that you love doing. I was always fascinated by Japanese people and their culture so a book about their secrets to long life should be interesting I thought and I picked it up. The book also touches upon some well-known inceptions of Buddism, Stocism or Cynicism, with which I highly recommend you read and figure out for yourself which ideologies you mostly reasonate. translation collective and a founding editor of the digital, bilingual Buenos Aires Review, she holds a PhD in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

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