SPA & WELLNESS: Ikigai; The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

I recently went to an astrologer who estimated my life to be approximately 110 years long. I bought the book "Ikigai" by Hector Garcia to help me prepare for this long life. The book explores Japanese Ikigai, the concept meaning 'the reason for being.' Practitioners of Ikigai quite often live happily into their 100's. I want some of that!



Garcia explains that exploring one's passions is a key determinant of how long one lives and their level of contentment along the way. The word Ikagai roughly translates into 'the reason for being alive'.


There is a probable influence of having the feeling of ikigai on the functioning of prefrontal lobe.


Studies have shown that the presence of ikigai correlates with lower levels of stress and the feeling of being healthy.


Gardening is pursuit enjoyed by the long-lived. Art, friendship, balanced family life, purposeful work and passion for hobbies all lead to Ikigai and long life.

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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.

 

I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 

 

 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!

 

 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 

 

So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.

-Beth

When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 

 

From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 

 

Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!

-Phyl

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