The lockdown has proven to be a boon for book lovers like me. Among the many books I read, Ikigai has been an eye opener. It’s based on an ancient Japanese technique called Ikigai where ‘iki’ means life and ‘gai’ means reason, what makes life worth living (raison d’être), or what gets you out of the bed every morning.
The book says there are five Blue zones in the world where people live a longer and healthier life.
The five Blue zones are Ikaria (Greece), Ogliastra region (Sardinia), Loma Linda (California), Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica) and Okinawa (Japan). The book goes in detail into the lives and day to day routines of the residents of Ogimi, Okinawa.
All five Blue zones had in common a strong sense of community, simple diets and did regular low intensity physical activities. The ten takeaways from this book to lead a happy and fulfilled life are simple and easy to incorporate into our daily lives:
- Stay active
- Don’t overeat
- Take it slow
- Have good friends
- Be fit and look forward to your next birthday
- Feel a connection with nature
- Be grateful
- Be mindful, live in the moment
- Follow your Ikigai
Jaya Machet is an Executive coach, Visual & Business Story Powered Communication Facilitator. She helps humanise the workplace through meaningful communication.