Are you all up for ‘New Year, New Me’ motto? Have you been striving to find a perfect ‘work-life’ balance? Then Ikigai, the age-old Japanese concept is what you are looking for. Award-winning self-help writer and author of IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, Francesc Miralles, who was in Kerala for the 5th edition of Kerala Literature Festival held at Kozhikode, spoke about the importance of this Japanese concept which means ‘The reason for being’ is the reason for a happy and long life. According to him, finding the ‘Why’ of life is the most important step towards Ikigai.
“This is a book to read, think and analyse,” explained Miralles, who co-authored this book with Héctor García. He met Garcia while in search of his ikigai and learnt about the Japanese island of Okinawa, where Ikigai has its origins. Okinawa is popularly known for the largest population of centenarians in the world.