10 Rules Of Ikigai, The Japanese Secret To A Long And Happy Life

Take it slow.

Live an unhurried life. Being in a rush reduces quality of life.

Stay active; don’t retire.

Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.

Don’t fill your stomach.

Less is more when it comes to eating for a long life. Fill your belly to 80%.

Surround yourself with good friends.

Community and the fact that Japanese people try to stay active till the end are crucial to their long life. Treat everyone like a brother, even if you've never met.  

Get in shape for your next birthday.

As lack of physical exercise affects our body and mood, a lack of mental exercise deteriorates our neurons and neural connections, reducing our ability to react to our surroundings.   


We should never forget what a privilege it is to be in the here and now in a world so full of possibilities.

Reconnect with nature.

Modern life gradually separates us from our true selves, making it easy to live meaningless lives. Do not let daily distractions like money, power, attention, and achievement take over your life.   

Give thanks.

We must remember that all we have and everyone we love will disappear. Virtuous people seek tranquility—the absence of bad emotions like anxiety, fear, shame, vanity, and rage and the presence of pleasant emotions like happiness, love, serenity, and thankfulness.  

Live in the moment.

Stop regretting the past and fearing the future. Today is all you have. Make the most of it. Make it worth remembering.

Follow your ikigai.

Everyone with a clear ikigai pursues their passion no matter what. They persevere even when the odds are against them or they confront one obstacle after another.  

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