/Book Review – “Ikigai” by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

Book Review – “Ikigai” by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

We sometimes grapple with certain basic questions like, “What is the purpose of our life?” “How to find our passion?” and “Ways to live a longer and fulfilled life”. All these questions are extensively covered in an informational self-help book, “Ikigai”.

This book by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles is an easy read and is definitely recommended for all age groups. It gives the readers an insight into the Japanese secret to a long and happy life, the diet they consume and the everyday activities they perform to stay healthy at all times. It is an attempt to help you discover your “Ikigai”, a purpose in life which is in simple terms a combination of your passion, your mission, and your profession.

Humans are curious by nature and are constantly finding distinct ways to strive for perfection and make lives healthier and more productive. This book gives the readers a detailed insight into living a more sustainable and long life. It talks about the importance of having a healthy diet, moving around, and keeping active all day long. Ikigai would be extremely helpful for people to discover their inner talents and personalities as well.

This book talks about the ways to stay stress-free, content, and regular with our relationships with people to promote longevity. It is interesting to know that techniques like Naikan meditation, Morita therapy could be so effectively used for living a happy life. The author introduces us to Ogimi village in Japan where centenarians, people aged a hundred years old and supercentenarians, people aged more than a hundred years old live. The book includes their take on living a healthy lifestyle and how to remain active and carefree throughout life. It also captures many resourceful ways to live a purposeful life with meaning and joy.

This book will truly help everyone to find their own Ikigai and will help the readers in remembering to always nurture their friendships and live life without any stress or tension. It would serve to be a reminder to everyone to find their purpose and enjoy life the way it is.

So, what are you waiting for? Give this book a read and find out your own Ikigai, find out your purpose in life and acknowledge it.

Written by Riya Sharma (MYP 3A)