Ikigai - Héctor García & Francesc Miralles


By Héctor García & Francesc Miralles

  • Release Date: 2017-08-29
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 328 Ratings



“Workers looking for more fulfilling positions should start by identifying their ikigai.” ―Business Insider
“One of the unintended—yet positive—consequences of the [pandemic] is that it is forcing people to reevaluate their jobs, careers, and lives. Use this time wisely, find your personal ikigai, and live your best life.” ―Forbes

Find your ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) to live longer and bring more meaning and joy to all your days.

“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb
According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—where what you love, what you’re good at, what you can get paid for, and what the world needs all overlap—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy.

In researching this book, the authors interviewed the residents of the Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year-olds—one of the world’s Blue Zones. Ikigai reveals the secrets to their longevity and happiness: how they eat, how they move, how they work, how they foster collaboration and community, and—their best-kept secret—how they find the ikigai that brings satisfaction to their lives. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own ikigai. Because who doesn’t want to find happiness in every day?


  • Love it

    By JDsail94
    Great book
  • Delightful

    By ayim sea
    Really smooth read that was beautifully insightful!
  • A worthy read

    By MyKOHR
    There are many points in this book that could be life changing, and in my opinion even if someone picks up one of those points then it’s worth reading!
  • Ikigai

    By mimiscooo
    Very insightful and well researched and informative
  • A must read

    By Lilach M
    I never do reviews but felt compelled on this one… It really helped me shift my mindset about so many things, most importantly how to enjoy and be in the moment more. truly life changing.

    By I7JANT
    Great book!! The book offers great insight into living a long and purposeful life. It is filled with golden nuggets of knowledge to practice in your day-to-day lives. Short and powerful read.
  • Inspirational and calming

    By vj demart
    Book was very inspirational. It reminds us that life is precious and to take things slow and enjoy every moment. Lots of examples in the book that we can take into our own lives to improve our own.
  • Good short read

    By vijaykrishnn
    There are some excellent ideas and philosophies in this little book. One also learn about the places where people live long and fulfilling lives. Valuable life lessons worth reading.
  • Very beautiful. Fantastic read

    By Dr. Isi
    One of the best reads!
  • Great inspiring read

    By Gabrielle_S_419
    If you liked the Little Book of Hygge you’ll love this one!