We all have an ikigai. It’s the Japanese word for a reason to live or a reason to jump out of bed in the morning .

Its the place where your needs, desires, ambitions, and satisfaction meet. A place of balance. Small wonder that finding your ikigai is closely linked to living longer. Finding your ikigai is easier than you might think. This book will help you work out what your own ikigai really is, and equip you to change your life.

You have a purpose in this world: your skills, your interests, your desires and your history have made you the perfect candidate for something. All you have to do is find it. Do that, and you can make every single day of your life joyful and meaningful.

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.

Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions.

What is Ikigai? In Japanese, ikigai is written by combining the symbols that mean “life” with “to be worthwhile.” “There is a passion inside you, a unique talent that gives meaning to your days and drives you to share the best of yourself until the very end. If you don’t know what your ikigai is yet, as Viktor Frankl says, your mission is to discover it.”

(Note: Viktor Frankl is the author of Man’s Search for Meaning) “Our ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we are all searching for meaning. When we spend our days feeling connected to what is meaningful to us, we live more fully; when we lose the connection, we feel despair.”

“Our ikigai is hidden deep inside each of us, and finding it requires a patient search. According to those born on Okinawa, the island with the most centenarians in the world, our ikigai is the reason we get up in the morning.” “Once you discover your ikigai, pursuing it and nurturing it every day will bring meaning to your life.” “They have an important purpose in life, or several. They have an ikigai, but they don’t take it too seriously. They are relaxed and enjoy all that they do.”

“One thing that everyone with a clearly defined ikigai has in common is that they pursue their passion no matter what.”

The 10 Rules of Ikigai

Stay active; Don’t retire; Take it slow; Don’t fill your stomach; Surround yourself with good friends; Get in shape for your next birthday; Smile; Reconnect with nature; Give thanks; Live in the moment.


Follow your ikigai Memorable Quotes:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle

“To be able to concentrate for a considerable amount of time is essential to difficult achievement.” — Bertrand Russell

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” — Washington Burnap

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Viktor Frankl

“Nana korobi ya oki (Fall seven times, rise eight.)” — Japanese proverb

“Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops 20 percent. Just getting up for five minutes is going to get things going again. These things are so simple they’re almost stupid.” — Gavin Bradley



00:00 – Intro

00:16 – Prologue lkigai: A mysterious word

05:28 – I. Ikigai The art of staying young while growing old

15:30 – II. Antiaging Secrets Little things that add up to a long and happy life

33:52 – III. From Logotherapy to lkigai How to live longer and better by finding your purpose

54:49 – IV. Find Flow in Everything You Do How to turn work and free time into spaces for growth

1:37:58 – V. Masters of Longevity Words of wisdom from the longest-living people in the world

1:52:08 – VI. Lessons from Japan’s Centenarians Traditions and proverbs for happiness and longevity

02:12:02 – VII. The lkigai Diet What the world’s longest-living people eat and drink

02:52:18 – VIII. Gentle Movements, Longer Life Exercises from the East that promote health and longevity

02:51:28 – IX. Resilience and Wabi-sabi How to face life’s challenges without letting stress and worry age you

03:10:52 – Epilogue Ikigai: The art of living by Héctor García (Author) and Francesc Miralles (Author)