Book Review | Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life – Héctor García & Francesc Miralles

ikigai cover.jpgFor those interested in longevity with happiness and keys to living a longer life, this book will certainly be interesting and thought-provoking.

Ikigai is a quick read broken into digestible chapters covering topics including longevity, diet, movement, resilience, finding your flow, and more. Written for all audiences, the authors have provided insights based on interviews with Okinawan centenarians, observations of their lifestyle and other applicable philosophical scientific information. The book aims to help the reader find the intersection of passion, mission, profession and vocation, also known as Ikigai. Further, the reader will be able to apply the topical introductions and logical observations immediately in every day living. Any reader will be able to take something of this value from this text. Check it out from a library near you!

*Fans of Ikigai, may be interested in the film How to Life Forever by Mark Wexler.

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Film Review | Alamar by Pedro González-Rubio

Alamar DVD cover imageAnother interesting indie film, Alamar deals with a son from separated parents who goes to visit his father at the sea. This is not to say a seaside vacation, but a way of life that takes place in the sea itself. A fisherman living in a wooden dwelling that is accessible only by boat or swimming shares his life with his young son who has grown up with his mother in a more traditional way – an apartment with electricity, TV and school. They fish for their food, collect lobsters and other sea creatures to sell for a living, and bond through a visiting bird they name “Blanquita”. There are beautiful shots of the sea and González-Rubio’s honest and straight-forward portrayal of the relationship between son, father and grandfather gives the viewer a new perspective to consider regarding less familiar ways of life.

View the Alamar trailer on YouTube.