Book Reviews

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

In an age where burnout and overwork are alarmingly prevalent, “Live Better” isn’t just a catchy slogan—it’s an urgent call to action. Balance the Grind encapsulates this mission in those two simple yet profound words.

Diving into tools and resources that can guide us toward a more harmonious life, our new Book of the Month series is a fresh initiative, set to light the way. We’re super excited to inaugurate this series with Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, a book that beautifully intertwines with our purpose of living better.

Understanding Ikigai

Ikigai, a concept deeply revered in Japanese culture, pinpoints the junction where your passions, talents, societal needs, and potential for monetary gain converge. It’s about discerning your life’s purpose—something that motivates you to rise each morning with zeal and zest. Viewed through the prism of Balance the Grind’s “Live Better” ethos, ikigai is not merely restricted to career pursuits but spans personal passions, societal contributions, and intrinsic satisfaction.

Embracing a Better Life with Ikigai

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life goes beyond defining the term, serving instead as a compass to discover and foster one’s ikigai. Here’s how it aligns with our mission to live better:

  • Passion aligning with profession: The book spotlights the fulfilment found in intertwining one’s passion with their profession. When work echoes one’s innate interests, it ceases to be drudgery. It nudges readers to introspect and gravitate toward roles that mirror their true selves.
  • Engaging with community: Emphasising the role of community and global betterment, ikigai teaches the virtue of transcending personal gains and addressing larger societal needs. A role that adds tangible value to society can elevate one’s sense of purpose and align with the ideal of living better.
  • Monetary satisfaction: While chasing passion and societal contribution is laudable, ikigai doesn’t neglect the importance of financial well-being. Achieving a balance between professional satisfaction and financial stability is quintessential for holistic well-being.
  • Championing personal wellness: The book delves into practices that enable Japanese individuals to lead lengthy, fulfilling lives. These teachings accentuate personal well-being, endorsing habits like regular breaks, mindfulness, consistent learning, and physical activity—cornerstones for a balanced work-life rhythm and living better.

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life offers more than just wisdom—it’s a beacon for anyone on the journey to living a more balanced, enriching life. It dovetails perfectly with Balance the Grind’s clarion call to “Live Better.” As we navigate the nuances of modern professional life, the age-old wisdom encapsulated in ikigai offers a timeless touchstone, reminding us that balance is not just achievable, but essential.

About Author

Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.