Original thread by Anika S. (@anika_shahh)
“Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life”
– 10 Lessons Learned from the Book
Inspired by my best friend @aaditsh
#1 Stay active, never retire
He, who abandons the things he loves & knows how to do, loses the meaning of his life. Even after having finished your “official” work-life, continue doing things of value, bringing beauty or usefulness to others, helping & shaping our little world.
#2 Take it easy
The rush is inversely proportional to the quality of life. As a proverb says: “Walking slow gets you far.” When we leave the urgencies behind, time and life gain a new meaning.
#3 Do not eat until full
Also, in food for long life, “less is more.” According to the 80% law, to preserve health for a long time, instead of cramming, eat a little less of the hunger we have.
#4 Surround yourself with wonderful friends
They are the best elixir to dissolve concerns with pleasant talk, telling and listening to anecdotes that lighten the existence, asking for advice, having fun together, sharing, and dream; In other words, Living.
#5 Get fit for your next birthday
When water moves and flows fresh, it doesn’t stagnate. Similarly, your vehicle for life needs a little daily maintenance so it can last for many years. Besides, exercise secretes the hormones of happiness.
A courteous attitude makes friends and relaxes the person. It’s okay to see what’s wrong. But don’t forget the privilege of being here and now in this world full of possibilities.
#7 Reconnect with nature
Although most human beings live in cities, it makes us merge with nature. We need to regularly return to it to charge the batteries of the soul.
#8 Be thankful
To your ancestors, to the nature that provides you with air and food, to your life partners, to everything that enlightens your day to day and makes you feel happy to be alive. Take a moment of the day to say thank you, and you will increase your flow of happiness
#9 Live the moment
Stop lamenting the past and fearing the future. All you have is today. Give time for the best use, so it deserves to be remembered.
#10 Follow your Ikigai
Within you, there is a passion, a unique talent that gives meaning to your days and pushes you to give your best until the end. If you haven’t found your Ikigai, Keep searching until you do.
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