Japanese wellness practices: ikigai, wabi sabi & kintsugi

Japanese wellness practices: ikigai, wabi sabi & kintsugi

Happiness and wellness mean different things in difficult cultures.

But whomever you are and where ever you life, you can learn from others.

Which is why, especially in recent years, many of us have been fascinated by the wellness and happiness practices of, among others, the Scandinavians and the Japanese.

This article, from The Psychologies, focuses on some interesting and useful wellness practices from the latter …

In our quest to discover the best wellbeing tips from around the globe, this month we’re embracing Japanese wellness practices – also known as J-wellness – to discover how the concepts of ikigai, wabi sabi and kintsugi could help us all lead a longer, healthier and more fulfilling life…

From the simple pleasures of hygge to the ‘just enough’ of lagom, we’ve been busy gobbling up Nordic wisdom from the world’s happiest countries over the past couple of years. But while our Scandinavian cousins have lots to share, over in Japan they also know a thing or two about living well, with more than 65,000 centenarians among their population. Women in Japan live healthily and independently for longer than anywhere else in the world. In the mountain region of Nagano, average female life expectancy is almost 88 years. So, what can we learn from Japanese wellness practices?

Diet is one factor – in Japan, the average person eats more than 100kg of vegetables per year, and Nagano’s inhabitants eat more plant-based foods than anyone else in the country. But could the way they see the world be just as important? ‘I strongly believe that a certain Japanese frame of mind is connected to the nation’s health and longevity,’ says Tokyo-based artist David Buchler, co-author of Ikigai & Other Japanese Words to Live By (£12.99, Modern Books)…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE