From Japan, a method to achieve self-knowledge, discovering what gives meaning and fulfillment to one’s daily life. The purpose? Finding your own ikigai, your reason for living, and finally feeling to lead a full, satisfying and worthy existence.
Ikigai is a magical word, so magical that there is no simple translation in Western languages. We can define it as ” the reason for existing ”, ” the engine of life ”, or even better ” for which it is worth getting up in the morning ”. Each of us has our own, even if not everyone is aware of it: it is the fundamental premise for living a healthy, satisfying and simply happy life.
Examples are the inhabitants of the Japanese island of Okinawa, where the rate of ultracentenarians is three times higher than that of the four largest islands in the country: their awareness of their ikigai, combined with a healthy and relaxed lifestyle, makes it one of the most long-lived and happy peoples on the planet. Inspired by them and suggesting practical exercises that guide the recognition of values and objectives that are truly important for each person in life, the author teaches us to recognize what transmits energy, curiosity, positivity, personal fulfillment, self-confidence, planning. In other words, what we need to be happy.