Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

Do you know the Japanese secret to a long happy life? It’s not about things that they are doing differently from us. It’s their “IKIGAI” that helping them to live a long happy life.

Now let’s understand what’s “IKIGAI” exactly. It’s a Japanese word that helps you find out your meaning or purpose.

We will discuss more in detail how Japanese people find their Ikigai, their lifestyle, habits, etc. In this article.

Now the question arises that how you can find your Ikigai. It’s really simple to find Ikigai. Just you need to give the answer to the four questions.

  • What you love
  • What you are good at
  • What the world needs
  • What you can be paid for

Then the center of all these questions will help you to find your Ikigai. 

Now there are many things that Japanese people do for a long happy life. We will see each one by one.

Secrete of 80%

The 80% rule tells that, in order to stay healthier longer, we should eat a little less than our hunger demands instead of stuffing ourselves.”

When the author interviewed people, then he sees one common difference that most of them are vegetarian, eat fruits daily, take green tea.

Stay active, don’t retire

When you retire and sitting in one place for a long time causes the problems like hypertension, heart diseases, and bones to get weak. 

This also may result in to increase in your age. So as long as you are active, you remain to stay fit due to your daily movement, activities, doing small work helps you to be fit and active.

It’s not only for retired people but for those who sit at one place daily like office people. So you should try below things in daily life that makes you active and healthy:

  • Go to your office by walking if it is not far from your home or try to walk 20min every day.
  • Use the staircase instead of the lift.
  • Eat fruits daily and avoid junk foods.
  • Take healthy sleep (7 to 9 hours sleep is good)

Go With Flow

Flow” is nothing but whatever you do, do with a deep focus and concentration. While doing that work totally engage with it and you forgot about the past, future, and you only live in the future.

While in flow, find out hard work (It should not much hard) and do it. It helps you to come out from your comfort zone, push your limit to achieve great success. 

Set your goal and stay focus only on it but you must know that where you have to reach. Once you have a proper plan to execute your work then it automatically seems like easy work.

Valuable guidance from people who lived long

  • Eat food, take a rest, and become a long-lived person.
  • Eat vegetarian food
  • If you keep your mind and body active then definitely live long.
  • Don’t stop learning.


The smile on your face keeps you energetic, creates positivity around you, adds incense to the discussion. 

The secrete of living long is not to worry. Every time be young with your mind and let your mind become old.

Mix with the people, talk with them and it will help you to remain happy.

Try to build good habits like “I make my tea and breakfast daily for myself”. So you should start building your habits.

Be positive, learn daily something new. Because at the end three things help you for your long life:

  1. Exercise 
  2. Healthy food
  3. Good friends

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