Today, I came to know about IKIGAI describing THE JAPANESE secret to live long and happy life. There is an island in japan called okinawa .there are more people above age of 100 than the global average. The inhabitant of this island, in south of japan live longer than the people anywhere else in the world .But how ?
They are doing the work differently. The life based on three basic principles that three things worth practicing in our life ..
People in Okinawa moves a lot . Most of them are in to gardening. They cultivate their own vegetables . They walk a lot and do the physical activity every day.
They are very active throughout their life. Our human body is design to move and movement is the fundamental aspect of life. Our body Movement affects everything., from circulation to digestion and metabolism to immunity.
Excessive sitting is now linked with many diseases and conditions even depression .
Movement is sign of life. Look at kids, we see full of movement and energy whereas an old people they hardly move. These days lot of health conscious people, they join the gym and work out for one hour everyday but remaining 23 hrs they lead a sedentary lifestyle.
That should not be the case but it should be consistency in movement through out even if it is a slow movement.
If you have a desk job ,make sure that you are taking enough breaks and moving your body every 60 minutes ,so the first principle is to move more to live more.
Create your passion and reason :
we should Create our passion and reason to jump out of bed each morning .Do the thing what you love, what can you good at , what can be paid for and what make you exited and happy. It is unique for everyone.
You should have purpose, when you make your passion.. your vocation ..your profession and mission of your life. Most people die after the age of retirement, because they don’t have anything to look forward to, but if look to the politicians they live longer ..
Do you know why ? Because in politics their career starts after the age of 50.
Many Japanese people never really retired, they keep doing what they love as long as their health allows. By finding a purpose that drives you each and every day , we can focus our energy and extend our years on this planet. We should keep our mind and body busy , be engaged in meaningful activities to live long .
The third principle is social circle . They found people in Okinawa have healthy relationship and life long friends .most of them don’t leave the island and their childhood friendship last for ever. They spend evenings with their friends and their neibour and spend time in community gathering and events .
Before 2004, we use to spend more time physically connecting with friends and used to have great conversations and laughter and have chaupal and common place for gathering before the social media came in existence .
Now we are connected like never before , we have thousands of friends on Facebook and multiple groups on whats app, but in real term we are also disconnected like never before..We don’t spend quality time with friends anymore.
Social media is a great platform , great tools but it should not remain as the only medium to connect the people . We need real conversation, real engagement .
People who are emotionally connected to family, friends and the community, they are happier, healthier and live longer than the people who are less connected. Treat everyone like a friend even if you have never met them before.
Loneliness and isolation can kill us. So nurture friendship. To gain a friend ,we need to be great friend first. Stay active, don’t retire , take it slow move more and surround itself with friends, connect with nature , live the moment , enjoy the things be optimistic and follow your passion to live long and happy.
Death is inevitable for all, we all will die one day , but when you live the life to the fullest , love everyone make a difference..
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