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  • Rahul Guha

#5 Japanese Secrets to a Long and Happy Life

Every time we hear the word Century, our minds go straight ahead toward the Century score in a cricket match. A century represents a mere 3-digit number that holds a different meaning for various people in the situation.

Here, I am going to share a different perspective on the Century. People who live for 100 years or more are referred to as Centenarians.

While talking about such extraordinary people, one thing that comes to my mind is the centurions of Japan, the people of Japan who live so long but remain active.

Recent statistics say that there are 86,510 Centurians living in Japan.

An obvious question that baffles us is what is the secret behind living a long but purposeful life. Many theories float around, and this topic can be read even when you look forward to living a healthy and purposeful life and not aspiring to be a centurion. The answer to this mystery is IKIGAI; in Japanese, it means the philosophy of Lifelong Happiness.

But what does Ikigai mean?

In the simplest term, Ikigai is "Your Purpose of Being." Having an Ikigai gives you the core reason to get up every day and start your day joyfully.

I read the book written by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles named "IKIGAI" one may find this in different versions and languages. If you take an interest and are keen to discover your purpose in life, I recommend reading this book.

This book deals with your Ikigai by throwing light on your four elements Passion, Mission, Profession, and Vocation of your Life. Somehow our career relies a lot on having a purpose to SETTLE in life and make it MEANINGFUL.

What do you love to do?

Is it tuned with what the world needs?

What are you good at?

What can you be paid for?

It would help if you reflected on these questions while deciding on Your Ikigai (The Purpose) of Life.

Now that you know how to find your Ikigai let me reveal those #5 Japanese Secrets to