IKIGAI – Japanese secret to Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia


The book starts off with the blue zones where the individuals live longer remain fit. It moves on to Ikigai that to my mind is the passion and the commitment besides wanting to get up in the morning and going to work. In other words, look upon work as enjoyment. 

”We find our ikigai by concentrating on what is important, rather than what’s urgent. By constantly keeping an eye on what feels good, we are able to discover what our passion is.”- Mundo Urano

It talks about the flow which is about doing something where your heart is.  

The book is interspersed with many case studies and anecdotes that give an insight and help to relate to the concepts discussed therein. The style of writing is lucid and quite appealing. However, the concepts could have been more smooth flowing – at times it seemed to jump from one concept to another. At times, I wondered whether the book was about Ikigai or about growing old gracefully with the list of Do’s and Dont’s. 

The quotes are worth remembering and putting into practice. 

“The things we love are like leaves on a tree, they can fall anytime when the wind pops up.” – Emperor Marcus Aurelius




Published by Dr. Pramila Kudva

I am a teacher educator currently worrking as a Principal of a reputed school in North Mumbai, have more than 30 years of experience, with several publications to my credit and have authored a book -"From chalk to Talk The Art of Teaching.

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