𝐁𝐲 𝐇𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐚 𝐏𝐮𝐢𝐠𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐫, 𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐜 𝐌𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐬
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫: 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐧
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤: 𝟐𝟎𝟖
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝: 𝟐𝟕𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟕
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩/ 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞
𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞
𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫: 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑

According to my personal belief, the key to living a happy life is discovering one's purpose and fully dedicating oneself to it. This book strongly reinforces this point of view.

In "Ikigai," we explore a Japanese concept in a concise yet comprehensive manner. It involves examining our passions, missions, vocations, and professions in order to uncover our deeply ingrained life purpose. The book illustrates how the simplest aspects of our lives can contribute to a long and fulfilling life, like hitting pause once in a while.

You may be disappointed if you expect this book to provide a step-by-step guide to finding your Ikigai and promising immense wealth. It instead offers facts and real-life experiences from Japan's Okinawa region, encouraging you to focus inward: on your health, your choices, and your priorities. This book might be the only one you encounter that helps you relax while also igniting your passion.

Some aspects of life cannot be changed no matter how hard we try. Avoid dwelling on them unnecessarily. If there are elements negatively affecting your life, consider distancing yourself from them. Stop ruminating about the past and worrying about the future. It is your sole possession to live in the present moment. Take advantage of it, and let it be something you cherish. Do not give up on life's challenges. Stay active. Balance your pace. Take care of your physical well-being. Savour each moment as it unfolds. Reconnect with the beauty of nature. Keep a smile on your face. Surround yourself with supportive friends. Practice gratitude. Follow your Ikigai if you've discovered it.

This hardcover edition appealed to me primarily due to its exquisite cover. The cover itself has a calming effect whenever it catches your gaze. While the title aligns with the book's content, it didn't quite meet my personal expectations. Rather than merely reading these words, strive to incorporate these principles and recommendations into your daily life. 

If you've already delved into numerous books on happily ever after, you can skip this one. However, if you're intrigued by exploring the same concept in a completely unique Japanese cultural perspective, then give this a try. Even if you've covered similar topics before, you'll discover a fresh and distinctive approach here.

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