Follow 10 Rules of Ikigai to Live a Long and Happy Life

Nov 15, 2023, 09:06 PM IST

Follow 10 Rules of Ikigai to Live a Long and Happy Life

Srishti Sisodia

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Srishti Sisodia

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles, is not just a book. It is said to be a case study on the lives of the long-living residents of Ogimi, which is a small village in Okinawa.

The book concludes 10 ten rules that are compiled by the residents of the village. The rules are:

1: Stay active; don’t retire

"Those who give up the things they love doing and do well lose their purpose in life. That's why it's so important to keep doing things of value..."

2: Take it slow

"Being in a hurry is inversely proportional to the quality of life."

3: Avoid overeating

"Less is more when it comes to eating for long life, too. According to the 80 per cent rule, in order to stay healthier longer, we should eat a little less than our hunger demands instead of stuffing ourselves."

4: Be around good friends

"Friends are the best medicine, there for confiding worries over a good chat, sharing stories that brighten your day, getting advice, having fun, dreaming...in other words, living."

5: Get in shape

"Water moves; it is at its best when it flows fresh and doesn’t stagnate. The body you move through in life needs a bit of daily maintenance to keep it running for a long time. Plus, exercise releases hormones that make us feel happy."

6: Smile more

"A cheerful attitude is not only relaxing – it also helps make friends. It's good to recognize the things that aren't so great, but we should never forget what a privilege it is to be in the here and now in a world so full of possibilities."

7: Reconnect with nature

"Are you familiar with the Japanese word shinrin-yoku. It translates to 'forest bathing' and means connecting with nature using the five senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch."

8: Be thankful

"To your ancestors, to nature, which provides you with the air you breathe and the food you eat, to your friends and family, to everything that brightens your days and makes you feel lucky to be alive."

9: Live and enjoy the moment

"Stop regretting the past and fearing the future. Today is all you have. Make the most of it. Make it worth remembering."

10: Follow your ikigai

“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."