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IKIGAI - Your reason for being can prolong your life

September 18, 2017

 

Hey Wonderful,

 

In this episode we will discuss one of the factors that contributes to longevity...and that is having an ikigai.

 

I have been reading and researching quite a bit on nutrition and longevity as this is something I am really passionate about. One of the research pieces I came across was that of Dan Buettner, in collaboration with National Geographic, whereby explorers were sent to areas where people tend to live the longest and study them, understanding what contributes to their longevity.

 

The explorers identified following areas to visit, Ikaria, Greece, Loma Lima, California, Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan and Nicoya, Costa Rica.

 

At the end of their research, the team found 9 evidence-based common denominators among all places. These were:

  • They move naturally - most of them are not marathon runners but people that live in environments that promote movement,

  • They practice down-shifting - although they do stress, they have daily practices for managing it,  

  • They apply the 80% rule - they eat not until they are completely full but until they are only 80% full

  • They eat plant based diet - their diet consists mainly from plants, legumes and very little meat

  • They drink alcohol moderately and regularly,

  • They belong to a faith-based community - all of them were attending on a regular basis a faith base community, church or community gatherings

  • They put their family first - they always made time for family and also the elderly were living nearby

  • They belong to circles that supported healthy behaviours and

  • They have a purpose. They know the reason why they wake up in the morning. In Okinawa it is called Ikigai and in Nicoya plan de vida. According to the Blue Zone diet, knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.

 

This is exactly the point, I want us to focus on today. Having a purpose, a motivation to wake up which does not have to be grand, like reversing climate change or building a school or creating a business. These are all great but so are goals such as helping an elderly cross the street, cooking for your family a nice meal, taking care of your family.

 

The reason you wake up every morning should be unique to you. My reason is to help as many as I can to live happily for as long as possible, enjoying all that life has to give. This is the reason I am making videos and this is what my mind is constantly pre-occupied with.

 

Older Okinawans can easily articulate the reason they get up in the morning as it gives them clear role of where they belong and what they need to do, ending up exceeding the 100 years of life. They are driven!

 

And i think when you are driven, subconsciously you do anything it takes to live longer to serve your purpose.

 

So what is your Ikaigai or your plan de vida? Let me know in the comment section below. And don’t forget, if you liked this video, then give it a thumbs up, share it with your friends and subscribe to support the content on this channel.

 

I hope this serves you. Thank you for making me a part of your day today.
 

I am always grateful for you,

 

Christina xx

 

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