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Book Review: Ikigai

I’ve been looking for a good book lately and my journey took me to my local Barnes & Nobel store after work. As I walked around the store aimlessly, I stumbled upon a book that I remember one of my favorite YouTuber’s mention before – Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. After some light conversing with the store clerk about my purchase, I eagerly rushed home to begin reading.

I read the book in 2 days time.

I didn’t know what to expect when reading the book but I was in for a pleasant surprise. A huge fan of non-fiction, I enjoyed the academic approach to the book. The book included many studies as well as the author’s own interviews with the residents of Okinawa which I found refreshing. I was a little disappointed and surprised that this was one of the smaller sections of the book considering the book kept hyping it up.

The book offered a lot of advice on how to live a more fulfilling life. Some of the suggestions that I will take into consideration are getting more exercise, eating more vegetables, and not sweating the small stuff.

Overall, it was a very informative book but I’m not sure how others will enjoy it if they aren’t into this style of writing. I plan on re-reading it so I can really absorb the information because it was just so jam-packedย of it. Although I was expecting the book to help the reader discover their ikigai, I should’ve known that a book will not answer one of life’s biggest questions. Perhaps that’s why there is the diagram conveniently located on the backside of the book cover.

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