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Ikigai


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True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Helen Keller

ikigai is pronounced: https://youtu.be/AF9DDuo1vao

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." It is similar to the French phrase Raison d'ĂȘtre. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.

Examples include work, hobbies and raising children.

The term ikigai compounds two Japanese words: iki meaning "life; alive" and kai "(an) effect; (a) result; (a) fruit; (a) worth; (a) use; (a) benefit; (no, little) avail" (sequentially voiced as gai) "a reason for living [being alive]; a meaning for [to] life; what [something that] makes life worth living; a raison d'etre".

In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life. In a TED Talk, Dan Buettner suggested ikigai as one of the reasons people in the area had such long lives.

The word ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. Secondly, the word is used to refer to mental and spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that their lives are valuable. It's not necessarily linked to one's economic status or the present state of society. Even if a person feels that the present is dark, but they have a goal in mind, they may feel ikigai. Behaviors that make us feel ikigai are not actions we are forced to take—these are natural and spontaneous actions.

You can read more about this words meaning on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai

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