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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
4.4 out of 5 stars (3,435 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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why should you read?

Perfect narrator. This book is for all the confused souls out there or anyone who wants to be happy.

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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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Nothing new

There s nothing new in the book. It justs reminds you to meditate, exercise, eat healthy and to be around people u love. Everything you already know or can be found in google. The book lacks a flow and puts in a lot of diverse things. Nowhere the book deals with how to find Ikigai. Just overhyped.

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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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Just a good concept

Initially very good but gradually it gets average listening experience. Worth listening once only.

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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
  • 03-07-20

True essence of Life

Brilliant book.. all human beings should live by these principles and implement them for living our lives to the fullest.. something we have forgotten in daily humdrum of life

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr S R Godfrey
  • 19-09-20

Gave up after 5 chapters

Having read a number of books now on Audible about Ikigai I was looking forward to this,but I have found I was more drawn in by the beautiful book cover which is far better than any of the content. This book feels like it has been written to showcase the writers skills at reference other authors work and I got so so bored of the constant referencing of other works. There is no personal interpretation of Ikigai at all and it feels like this a book that uses Ikigai as a way to lure would be readers in by throwing the word Ikigai very loosely every 5 paragraphs or so. Lacking in any warmth, feeling or purpose this book felt soulless and more like a text book that rambled through differing pieces of work. Very disappointed at the waste of a credit. At least if I had bought the hardback I would have had a beautiful cover for my desk if nothing else.

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  • E Pruden
  • 21-07-20

I stopped it when intermittent fasting was suggest

Ikigai is finding your purpose and passion in life. living long is obtained through this and living a anxiety free life with strong community. This is something the poor living in inner cities can't obtain, Ikigai sure but the rest no. After saying this the book turns into a diet book which I did not sign up for and recommending intermittent fasting is highly dangerous.

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  • kat30
  • 21-07-20

Very nicely narrated

Gives you food for thought. Simple princeples that are easy to incorporate into your life

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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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  • 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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  • Vasisht
  • 13-10-20

A life changing outlook !

Found it very apt for the current situation we are all faced with . The narrator was very calm & focused throughout the entire book & I felt it very soothing & a stress buster. Will surely be adopting many of the techniques & ways mentioned in my own life & gifting it to my sister too!

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  • Fruit
  • 02-09-20

Misleading

Has nothing to do with how to find or live with purpose, it’s almost entirely about how Japanese people live longer than average. Eat well, move more, have good genes. Oh and we need to raise our arms above our head more because our ancestors apparently spent all their time fruit picking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-20

PHENOMENAL!

Life changing! I’m on my journey to find my Ikigai now, I hope you do too... live and be happy ♥️

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-20

insightful!

easy to listen to. great insights and research. real life tips and stories of how longevity has been achieved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-20

Goodenough

Liked everything but the talk of chi, kind of wish a scientific explanation on some parts were included

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-20

Good but a bit of a rehash

I loved the narrator and overall the book was okay. I would recommend reading if you haven't read many books in the personal development area. However, as someone who has read/listened to the few bigger books in the PD area (e.g. Flow, Mindset, etc.), much of the book felt like recaps. It would've been appreciated if the link between those concepts and ikigai was made clearer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-20

Insightful

A good book to read i suppose but not narration as the references to figures n pdfs were hard to follow and relate.

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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.