How to Attain Happiness - Ikigai, Lagom, Hygge

What is happiness?
It seems like an odd question, but is it? Do you know how to define happiness? Do you think happiness is the same thing to you as it is to others?
What’s the point of it all? Does it even make a difference in our lives?
In fact, happiness does have a pretty important role in our lives, and it can have a huge impact on the way we live our lives. Although researchers have yet to pin down the definition or an agreed-upon framework for happiness, there’s a lot we have learned in the last few decades.
Why Happiness is Important
Although we may sometimes neglect to cultivate our own happiness, feeling happy is intrinsically important. If we are happy it has added knock on effects and benefits. These include us becoming more compassionate and feeling healthier both physically and emotionally. We become more creative, witty, energetic and fun to be around and it can also lead us to become more financially successful.
Very few of us live our lives in complete isolation. We will have partners, families, friends and work colleagues with whom we interact on a daily basis so if we’re happy, then it’s likely to mean that they’ll feel happier too. Therefore, through our own happiness, we are actually giving something to other people too and enabling them to feel happy as well.
So how is Happiness Attained?
For happiness to be attained, it’s important to be open and willing to the concept that it can be attained. For us to do this, we need to rid ourselves of the negative energies which occur in our lives on a regular basis and which cause us to feel unhappy or at best, make us feel as though we are simply existing or drifting through life.
Remember, it’s a natural state to feel happy. We are all programmed to feel happiness as the norm. It’s what we let get in the way that alters our programming for the worst. Therefore, by ridding ourselves of negative thoughts, self-doubts, rationalising problems and seeing them as challenges to be overcome, we get rid of feelings such as depression, fear, worry, dissatisfaction, boredom and grief and then, by ridding ourselves of these, all that’s left is happiness, contentment and peace of mind.
Today we are bringing for you three most widely read and followed books on happiness.
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy life -By Fransec Miralles, Hector Garcia
Simple & light reading. Considered to be a good pick during breaks especially to ease troubled mind and destress.
The book grabbed my attention due to the soothing floral cover page it has. Not that I knew much what to expect other than whatever the Title of the book suggests.
Just inquisitiveness drew me into it. For once the saying inquisitiveness kills the cat went wrong as it had treasure knowledge how to live long life😃.
A glimpse into the book- Basically the book deals with the beliefs & living habits of Japanese people. Japanese are of the opinion, that, everyone has a “Ikigai", a reason for living. The residents of Japanese village, believe that to live a happier & long life, the “Ikigai" must be identified.
Ikigai is been equated with – passion, mission, vocation & profession intersect
Means, we make our living meaningful each day and this drives the Japanese to remain active & work at what they enjoy, as they've figured out the real purpose in life – the happiness of always being busy.🤔
The book has substantiated the concept of Ikigai to a great extent to the modern day psychology (with Frankl's Logotherapy from Man's search for meaning among others) & few scientific references in a lucid manner.
Purpose is given importance to the highest order & how it manifests itself in different ways for each individual. The book even throws sufficient light on other Japanese concepts like Takumi(specialized workers) & moai(connections with community or friend circle). The brief discussion on these aspects have reduced the holistic significance of “Ikigai" and posed the risk of trivializing it into a mere self-help advice book.🤔
Final take – Friends who have already read the book, have shared the fact,that the book is little disappointing, as the concept of Ikigai has just been discussed briefly leaving out its essence. Else, it’s a well written & a good presentation of modern applications but the author has missed out a lot in terms of representing key points associated with Ikigai leaving readers hungry for more...
How to Ikigai – By Tim Tamashino
If you are wondering why I gave named it as 8th book April 2020, to just clear the fog...this was the 8th book which i picked during quarantined time in April 2020. So, let dive into what this good book is about:
Ancient, time-tested wisdom: Okinawan concept of Ikigai. Okinawa, Japan is a very tiny island at the south of Japanese mainland where people live their life's purpose every day.🙄
Ikigai is considered to be the purpose, an attribute every person has. Realizing your life worth – Ikigai “is the reason why you get out of bed in the morning”. How you will understand your Ikigai is easy to attain. All you need to do is zoom in on what you are good at, & what you love to do, your Ikigai will begin to offer you rewards in turn. Ikigai is a guide to spiritual joy and growth which we forget in the rat race of material success.🤔
This fact has been reinforced well by writer Randy Komisar – “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later”.
Final Take: How to Ikigai is a humble look at happiness. Bringing together an exploration of joy unlike any of other books such as ‘Book of Joy' or ‘Surrender Experiment’, ‘ How to Ikigai' focuses on doing things with clarity and meaning. Good to read after ‘Ikigai'. Would recommend reading it😊
LAGOM(The Swedish Art of Balanced Living) - By Linnea Dunne
Wondering another book on a happy and healthy way of living after Hygge? Yes, well this book is considered to be the next most significant piece of work on transformative approach towards life. The sole and whole reason behind Swedish people abiding by 'Lagom' ethos which made them rank No. 10 in 2017's World Happiness Report.
Lagom is believed to be originally derived from 'laget om', eventually from 'lag' which means law. 🤔
The crux of the book is about liberating concepts to live a simple and technology free and hassle free life. It was definitely a pleasure to read and was soothing to the mind due to it's serene effect of descriptions and illustrations used in the book....
Lagom changed the lives of Swedish people, influenced thier culture highly, significance to family and community bondings is hoghlighted, and even conserving energy and preserving environment is discussed quite a length. Will highly recommend all who are interested in sustainability, minimalism, cultural studies and meditation...
The Little book of Hygge – Meik Wiking
Have you ever given a thought, why some countries happier than others?🤔
Well, here is an insight into the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness &wellbeing.
Meik Wiking, author, CEO of the Happiness Research institute in Copenhagen, makes an attempt in this loosely translated book, to explain the concept of Hygge, pronounced as Hoo-ga. “Hygge is about an atmosphere & an experience”. He further reinstates, “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe".😌
Some glimpse into the secret of Happier Danish people. “Casual is the key". Sleek, minimalistic, simple and strong meaningful things and relationships are vital characteristic features. Unique to Danish is the tradition of wearing scarf and black color clothes irrespective of gender. Interior designing and lavish spending on home fronts is common. Simple pleasures can be enjoyed at shoestring budget is something Danish people believe in completely.
The Little book of Hygge introduces us to the cornerstone of Danish life, & offers advice & ideas on incorporating it into our own life. It was indeed useful in many ways and somehow transcended me to my childhood days when we had a slower, tech free and nature binding atmosphere. But, nevertheless times have changed now, despite trying to refrain from tech or other catch ups of life, are caught in it somehow and cannot completely liberate oneself from everything to live a slow simpler simple life. The book has nailed the cornerstone of Danish life, that is, simplicity and modesty. Would highly recommend to read if not able to implement. 🤗
Hope you have enjoyed the reviews of each of these books as they are unique in their approach towards attaining a happy and abundant life...
Happy Reading!!