The secret to living until 100 years old is a relatively unknown way of living life that underpins every aspect of Japan's culture. It's also what enables the Japanese to be amongst the happiest, healthiest and most productive people in the world.
What if perfection was not the requirement, but in fact undesirable? Instead we place our focus on the intrinsic and shift away from the material. The Japanese ideology of Wabi Sabi, a philosophy of life, can provide some insight. Wabi Sabi embraces and promotes imperfection, authenticity and transience. It teaches its adherents to be comfortable with ambiguities.