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Not Too Busy

Héctor García and Francesc Miralles’s bestseller details how the long-lived Japanese connect with their ikigai and maintain a sense of life-affirming flow.

In this Los Angeles Times bestseller – which has sold more than 1.5 million copies – Héctor García and Francesc Miralles delve into the secrets of longevity. They ask what role external forces, such as climate and diet, play in life span. The authors visit a remote village in Japan, home to a disproportionate number of centenarians, to learn the secrets to living happy, productive lives. The locals’ tips share a common theme: their ikigai, or purpose. Discover how to connect with your ikigai to find flow in your work and daily activity, and to live a long and joyful life.

Many Japanese people never really retire – they keep doing what they love as long as their health allows.Héctor García, Francesc Miralles

The Guardian said, “A must-follow lifestyle hack. Think feng shui with Venn diagrams.” The New York Post wrote, “Ikigai is the art of doing something – and doing it with supreme focus and joy.” Publishers Weekly found the authors “persuasively show that small changes can help readers find more joy and purpose in their lives.”


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