The Japanese are famed for having very long life expectancy and still being strong and active at old age. It comes as no surprise that you can find a large number of people above the age of 90 years still actively working in this Oriental nation. How do they manage this?
Well, the Japanese achieved such incredibly long life expectancy by doing just one thing; watching their lifestyle. This lifestyle I’m talking about includes what they eat and how they think. But today, I’m not focused on what they eat; let’s look at how they think.
Why do You Wake Up Every Morning?
It’s the very first Monday in the second month of 2019 so ask yourself this question…
Why did I wake up this morning?
Was it the alarm clock? Or just because I was looking forward to a brand new exciting week at work? Do I even like what I do? Am I working just for the salary? Are you happy in Life?
That is the Japanese secret to long life. Happiness!
See, the Japanese have a life philosophy called “IKIGAI” which basically means “a reason for being,” to some people it means “a reason to wake up in the morning.” It can also mean “a reason for being alive” and “a meaning for life” or “what makes life worth living.”
They believe that if you are living your purpose, then you can get more value out of life, hence live longer. Ikigai is the philosophy of finding what makes you happy and sticking to it. You can’t live a long and fulfilling life if you are stuck doing something you do not enjoy. Ikigai asks four key questions, at the center of which you can find your purpose:
- What do you love?
- What are you good at?
- What does the world need from you?
- What can you get paid for?
Using this philosophy, the Japanese have discovered that the secret of long life lies in your level of happiness in life. Find your purpose, your reason for being and you will want to live every single day accomplished and anticipating for the following day.
Watch the video explaining how to fully harness this life fulfilling philosophy of the Japanese below.
Have a great week!