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  • But his family says if you take away his fishing, then you take away his ikigai, a Japanese word that means "reason for living."

    CNN Transcript Nov 24, 2005

  • Women in Okinawa also tend to be spiritual leaders, which imbues them with a sense of purpose, or "ikigai," Buettner said.

    The Albert Lea Tribune

  • The Blue Zone citizens all move their bodies regularly, they have built ingrained social rituals that create space to decompress and downshift regularly, they have developed the intellectual constructs and vocabulary to articulate purpose in life (see the concept of ikigai, literally translated as "what gets you up in the morning" from Okinawa).

    Daniel Cook: The Architecture of Collective Intelligence: Blue Zones & Yoga Nutrition

  • On Okinawa people say “hara hachi bu” — “eat until you are 80 percent full”; and “ikigai” — “the reason for waking up in the morning.”

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • In Okinawa, it's ikigai, this sense of purpose, the reason for which they wake up in the morning that sort of propels them through -- through -- into their 100s in many cases.

    CNN Transcript Nov 24, 2005

  • In interviews with policy experts, businesspeople, service providers and civic activists, the priority that kept coming up was ikigai, which translates as "life worth living." rss feed

  • He follows the Japanese ikigai, where one meditates and focuses on your purpose on this earth every morning. covered earlier, in Chasing Life he promises we can add 30 years to our lives by following his simple prescriptions.

    Junkfood Science

  • In studies of these island dwellers it appears that having ikigai is not connected to economic status at all. - Home

  • So people who possess ikigai have defined "that which makes one's life worth living." - Home

  • These people attribute their long lives not to healthy eating, leisure living, or great genes, but to a term they love to use -- ikigai is related to positive life-satisfaction, self-esteem, morale and a sense of having meaning in one's life. - Home


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