@2@@20@AS HEARD ON THE STEVE WRIGHT SHOW@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@'FORGET HYGGE. IT'S ALL ABOUT IKIGAI (THAT'S JAPANESE FOR A HAPPY LIFE)' @18@The Times@19@@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@Find out how to live a long and happy life thanks to the @18@ikigai @19@miracle, a Japanese philosophy that helps you find fulfilment, joy and mindfulness in everything you do.@21@@3@@2@It is extraordinary that Japanese men's longevity ranks 4th in the world, while Japanese women's ranks 2nd. But perhaps this comes as no surprise when you know that the Japanese understanding of@18@ ikigai@19@ is embedded in their daily life and in absolutely everything that they do. In their professional careers, in their relationships with family members, in the hobbies they cultivate so meticulously. @3@@2@Ken Mogi identifies five key pillars to @18@ikigai@19@:@16@@20@Pillar 1: Starting small@21@@16@@20@Pillar 2: Releasing yourself@21@@16@@20@Pillar 3:Harmony and sustainability@21@@16@@20@Pillar 4:The joy of little things@21@@16@@20@Pillar 5:Being in the here and now@21@@3@@2@The Japanese talk about @18@ikigai@19@ as 'a reason to get up in the morning'. It is something that keeps one's enthusiasm for life going, whether you are a cleaner of the famous Shinkansen bullet train, the mother of a newborn child or a Michelin-starred sushi chef. The Five Pillars at the heart of everything they do.@3@@2@But how do you find your own @18@ikigai@19@? How does@18@ ikigai@19@ contribute to happiness? Neuroscientist and bestselling Japanese writer Ken Mogi provides an absorbing insight into this way of life, incorporating scientific research and first-hand experience, and providing a colourful narrative of Japanese culture and history along the way.@3@
Ken Mogi is a neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster based in Tokyo. He has published more than 30 papers on cognitive and neurosciences, and over 100 books in Japan covering popular science, essay, criticism and self-help. His books have sold close to 1 million copies.