The Blue Zone Research Reveals What Will Make You Live a Long and Purposeful Life

Find your ikigai

David Onu, MD
4 min readJul 13, 2022


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Do you know your Ikigai or definite life purpose?

Are you aware of the elixir of life based on the latest Blue Zone research?

If not, this article may interest you.

Please, read on.

What is Ikigai?

Ikigai is an ancient Japanese philosophy. It means “a reason for being” or a definite life purpose.

Many Super-centenarians (aged >110) attributed having a purpose-driven life to their longevity.

Such was the finding in Ohgimi village Okinawa; Japan, aptly called the “Village of Long Life”. It currently holds the Guinness World Record for the highest life expectancy on our planet.

In this article, I will discuss the proven ways to find your ikigai and ten tips for achieving a long and purpose-driven life.

The Blue Zones Project

A common finding in the “Blue Zones Project” was having a life purpose. The Blue zones are four locations where people live the longest.

These are Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; and Ikaria, Greece.

How to find your Ikigai?

You start by answering four simple questions:

1. What do you love to do that brings you joy?

That is your PASSION.

What you’re willing to do even if no one pays you a cent.

2. What are you good at?

These are your TALENTS and SKILLS.

Don’t give in to the imposter syndrome.

You don’t need to be an “expert” to pursue your passion.

You only need to be two-step ahead of others in knowledge to teach them.

3. What does the world need?

That is the VALUE that you bring.



David Onu, MD

I’m an Australian Specialist Medic who inspires people through my writing to grow their relationships, whether married or single and be healthy.