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Ikigai

Ikigai is a Japanese word that is quite hard to translate. This word comes from the combination of the word “ikiru” meaning “to live” and “kai” meaning the realization of what one hopes for. These two words combined create the concept of “a reason to live”. This meaningful world comes from a Japanese island named Okinawa.  This word is interconnected with the idea of having a purpose in life. Losing that purpose will bring negative effects such as lower motivation to live.

Ikigai is mainly interconnected with what do you love to do and in what you are good at. Ikigai is thought as a lifestyle that combines passion with talent. Ikigai contradicts the principle that money brings happiness. This is because the main core of ikigai is finding out the things that you love to do in order to have reasons to live for. To find out your reason to live for, you should answer the questions below:

  • What you love?
  • What you are good at?
  • What the world needs?
  • What you can be paid for?

These are the first fourth questions that will orientate you to your ikigai. These four questions represent one of the four career orientation elements and are part of ikigai as well. The first question will show your passion and orientate you in the right path. The second question will give you the chance to verify your skills and abilities that will differentiate you from others. The third question will give you the opportunity to find out your mission and how to achieve it. By answering the fourth question, you will measure your abilities and passion through the salary that the labor market is willing to offer.

The above-mentioned questions are interconnected with the career tests available at busulla.COM. Through the test of interests, values, abilities and preferences, you can answer the above mentioned questioned that will orientate you in career and will give you the chance to find out your ikigai.

You will find the right path for your career through answering the above-mentioned questions and you will earn a reason to live for. For Japanese, ikigai is a slow process and is not connected with the career field at all. The most important question to answer here is why ikigai is assumed to be the reason of people having a longer lifespan and a happy and peaceful life. This is because the Japanese Island, Okinawa is characterized with a longer life expectancy population due to their diet and the role that ikigai plays. The importance of ikigai is proved also by different scientists.

Below you will find the ten rules that will help you to find out your ikigai. These rules are taken from the book “Ikigai The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” written by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles.

  • Stay active and don’t retire;
  • Leave urgency behind and adopt a slower pace of life;
  • Only eat until you are 80 per cent full;
  • Surround yourself with good friends;
  • Get in shape through daily, gentle exercise;
  • Smile and acknowledge people around you;
  • Reconnect with nature;
  • Give thanks to anything that brightens our day and makes us feel alive;
  • Live in the moment;
  • Follow your ikigai.

Through these rules you will find you ikigai and you will live a longer life in happiness and peace.

References:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/08/is-this-japanese-concept-the-secret-to-a-long-life

https://medium.com/thrive-global/ikigai-the-japanese-secret-to-a-long-and-happy-life-might-just-help-you-live-a-more-fulfilling-9871d01992b7

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrismyers/2018/02/23/how-to-find-your-ikigai-and-transform-your-outlook-on-life-and-business/#51593b602ed4

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/mind/finding-ikigai-japanese-secret-health-happiness/

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170807-ikigai-a-japanese-concept-to-improve-work-and-life

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