In this video we will be learning about Ikigai and other things people of Okinawa do to live a long and happy life from the book of Ikigai – Japanese secret to a long and happy life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles.
So here are 10 things we should learn from people of Okinawa to live a long and happy life.

01. Follow your ikigai
02. Take it slow
03. Don’t fill your stomach

04. Surround yourself with good friends
05. Smile
06. Reconnect with nature
07. Give thanks

08. Exercise

09. Live in the moment
10. Never retire

Okinawa is an island, South of mainland Japan, containing some of the world’s longest living humans. On average, men live until 84 and women until 90. There are also a very high concentration of people who are 100 or more. Even the oldest Okinawans are considered healthy and have the emotional, physical and intellectual capacity to live and function independently. Those who study why the inhabitants of this island in the south of Japan live longer than people anywhere else in the world believe that one of the keys – in addition to a healthy diet, a simple life in the outdoors, green tea, and the subtropical climate – is the ikigai that shapes their lives. Ikigai. Iki meaning “to live” and gai meaning “reason” – or as we would say in English, Ikigai means your reason to live.

Book referred –

Ikigai – Japanese secret to a long and happy life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

January, 2021 – National Mentoring Month

Definition of  IKIGAI – According To Wikipedia

“A Japanese Concept That Means A Reason For Being.”

For Several years now, I have been reading and learning more about IKIGAI, especially relating to Career Plans and Future Job Options. I have been hearing about Upskilling, Reskilling, Lifelong Learning and Development and a new trend for how employers are adapting to changes in the workplace.  Remote jobs or work from home jobs have been discussed, and several of the technology companies have been testing the remote employee idea out within their own companies.  2020 not only brought changes to the work place and education, but to Mentoring and how it is being accomplished.  

Many of us are realizing the value of recognizing our special talents and gifts in life, and beginning to appreciate them with different perspectives.  

Mentoring and Working With Others Can Be Part Of Using Our Talents and Skills at any age and at any Career Point in our lives.

IKIGAI offers us A New Perspective of Seeing, Appreciating, Respecting and Adapting These Gifts in 2021

Finding Our Reason For Being At Any Age

Mentoring and Career Planning In 2021 and for the future. 

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