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Ikigai

The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Narrated by: Naoko Mori
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Self-Development
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,116 ratings)

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Brought to you by Penguin.

The international bestseller.

We all have an ikigai.

It's the Japanese word for ‘a reason to live’ or ‘a reason to jump out of bed in the morning’. 

It’s the place where your needs, desires, ambitions and satisfaction meet. A place of balance. Small wonder that finding your ikigai is closely linked to living longer.

Finding your ikigai is easier than you might think. This audiobook will help you work out what your own ikigai really is and equip you to change your life. You have a purpose in this world: your skills, your interests, your desires and your history have made you the perfect candidate for something. All you have to do is find it.

Do that and you can make every single day of your life joyful and meaningful.

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©2017 Francesc Miralles and Héctor García (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Ikigai gently unlocks simple secrets we can all use to live long, meaningful, happy lives. Science-based studies weave beautifully into honest, straight-talking conversation.... Warm, patient, and kind, this book pulls you gently along your own journey rather than pushing you from behind." (Neil Pasricha, best-selling author of The Happiness Equation)

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If you don't know your ikigai you have to find it

Ten rules of Ikigai
Stay Active
Take it slow
Don't fill your stomach
Surround yourself with good friends
Get in shape before your next birthday
A cheerful attitude
Re-connect with nature
Thank your ancestors & nature
Live in the Moment
Follow your Ikigai

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A book that one should read early in his life

I heard about this book from a friend but evaded reading it till today. And I must say, I should have read it long ago.

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Calm like my grandmother👵

It does give some pointed reasons and directions to cultivate better habits and improve life balance

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Smoothie sound of narrator.
well packed book about for living it at fullest and longest.

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Always valued that inner connect

Life is beautiful.
Schooling must include such topics and practices mentioned in the book. In gurukuls this is the daily practice.

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very boring nd slow pace, i feel sleepy listening

struggling to finish it. very slow pace and boring not sure will finish it how

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Amazing book - insightful and inspiring!

The content of this book is good, and narrated well. It covers the subject broadly and is short and to the point. Illustrations are provided at places to help understand the picture completely.

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nothing you already dont know

found it to be very little informative and does not have any thing that you already do not know

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Worth the time .. good actionable insights

loved it.. just go listen it and gain a new perspective on life and career

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Amazing book

Motivational Tells us how we should deal with life, loved it. Willing to listen again...

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  • Nicki
  • 01-02-18

Illuminating

Beautiful and insightful principles to live a long and happy life. I want to listen to this book all over again, and I’ve only just finished it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-20

Great book, new found love for Japanese culture

I find this book quite relaxing to listen to, plenty of little information on how to make your life better but small changes that we can do right now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-20

Great book

Fall down seven times, stand up eight. Rediscovering the stronger you. Its all in you but up to you.

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  • Judith Trinidad Leonor
  • 14-05-20

Worth Listening Book

Loved the tips and practical ways in living a harmonious and peaceful quite life today

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-20

Good advice under a pile of pseudo-scientific...

If you are the type who believes advice "do x because long living people also do it!" Then this book is going to be a good read for you. In the other case, there are quite a few nuggets of good advice but you'll need good patience in order to find it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-20

good read

it's better than expected it is so simple but the best read....
thank you 😊

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  • Annepaul
  • 12-04-20

Life changing

Pearls of wisdom hidden only if you can find them and practice them. My experience had been fulfilling. I will read again and make notes to find the Pearl that I am.

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  • hans sundman
  • 01-09-19

A few chapters on Ikegai and then a mix

Some interesting chapters on the idea of Ikegai, recommended for that. Not the yoga or antifragile.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Great read!!

Very interesting and insightful. I recommend this book if you are wanting to discover how there are people who have found their flow in life and live quality lives.

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  • Masuria
  • 28-10-18

small yet meaningful

finished this book in just a few days. will listen again after awhile. great book. only thing unecessary is the physical exercise

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 24-03-18

Though provoking

Really enjoyable audiobook. It explains well the ikigai concept gives plenty of examples. Also there are plenty of mental physical practises to achieve longer better life.
Narration well done.
I am glad I bought it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-18

Nice overview, somewhat unscientific

I liked the book, but it was not very information dense. It gives a nice overview of all aspects of living a good life. However it did put too much emphasise on personal accounts and correlation rather than causation which made it somewhat scientifically dubious. Good listen though!

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  • cbferreira
  • 18-09-18

Superficial

Very superficial - no significant depth in any of the topics approached. Pseudo scientific statements with no reference to actual studies and sometimes inaccurate. Hard to distinguish between evidence-based observations and their narrative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-18

Thought provoking!

Thought provoking indeed! I'm certainly going to look for my Ikigai. Beautifully read and the perfect distraction to a busy life.

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  • Stuart
  • 25-05-20

Really enjoyable and well written

I loved this book, it had a lot of interesting facts and quotes. Also it had a lot of cultural references that give you an insight into not only how others live more peacefully but into how you can live more peacefully yourself.

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  • Christianne0406
  • 14-05-20

Spellbinding

I was blown away by this book, and went through it in one weekend. Everyone should read this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-20

not bad

wish there had of been more stories but over all not a bad book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-20

Very interesting but a little slow.

It was really interesting learning about other people’s way of life and theories. There was just a couple chapters where exercises were described and, for me, those were a little slow. Overall fantastic book! I will no doubt listen to it again!

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  • Justin Hill
  • 02-03-20

Rebranded New age stuff you’ve read elsewhere

You’ll have heard all this before. Even includes written guidelines for tai chi and the serenity prayer.

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  • Jon
  • 27-02-20

loved it!! great book

real interested in the here and now and this book is brilliant for bringing the appreciation for Japanese culture closer to life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

Helpful if I was an elderly Japanese villager!

Not at all what I was expecting. Nothing about discovering or striving to find your Ikigai. All about how to grow old & be happy in a Japanese village, don’t see how I could apply much of this in western suburbia.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

Find it! If you haven’t already found it. What’s your ikigai?

I really loved this deep dive into the Japanese secret of living a full and happy life. I stumbled upon this concept as a way of life when combine with being on a hero’s journey so I’m really glad that this book was written, it’s one that I believe every man woman and child should read, then the world will be a better place.

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  • Sharlene Timmons
  • 04-06-20

short and sweet

I enjoyed this short story of ideas about life from the Japanese perspective.
I've been to Japan recently for a holiday and I was fascinated by the way they go about their daily lives. obviously some things didn't resonant with me but the concepts covered in this book I could totally relate to.
I would probably have struggled with some of the concepts if I was reading this when I was younger and immature.

however, my daughter said she totally got this because she had been to Japan so was immersed in the culture - she's 19.

the narrator was lovely to listen to as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-20

guidelines for life

relevant for any human as a guide for life long happiness. I recommend this book to everyone

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  • Nathaniel Chapman
  • 21-05-20

This is really fantastic

I feel so grounded after listening to this. The author did a fantastic job of capturing the key elements of Ikigai and guidance on how to apply them to western lifestyle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-20

Quite informative

Loved it. good book and well narrated. Gives some reasonable tips on life. Will read it again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-20

Wonderful

Wonderful wisdom presented in such an accessible format. An inspiring philosophy and wonderful anecdotes. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-19

Thought provoking and inspiring

I loved listening to every minute of this book. Ikigai's essence is practical yet powerfully simple

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  • Miki
  • 26-09-19

Enjoyed this book

Despite the extremely mixed reviews I read, I decided to give this book a try anyway and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe it’s not exactly what others want and specifically about ikigai but there are a lot of concepts in there to live and long and happy life which I enjoyed listening too. Naoko’s voice is quite soft though so I won’t recommend listening to this when you’re walking on the streets as you won’t be able to hear anything.

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  • Wayne Wang
  • 07-08-19

simplistic ideas

couple of good, high level points around flow, keeping a healthy perspective and routine, diet and exercise. quite a short book overall though.