At some point in most of our lives we start to reflect on the things we have done. Leading to questions like:
- Do I love my job?
- Am I making a positive impact society?
Without knowing it we have all been searching for our ikigai. What is Ikigai? Ikigai (ee-key-guy) is a Japanese concept that roughly translates to, “reason to live” and can lead to a more fulfilling and happier life.
Ikigai is the intersection of 4 questions:
- What do you love to do?
- What are you good at doing?
- What does the world need?
- What can you be paid/rewarded for?
Ikigai has been practiced in Okinawa, Japan over a thousand years and has been found to be one of the main reasons Okinawa has the most centurions (people 100 years old and older) in the world. While their dietary concepts like Hara Hachi Bu (eating only until your 80% full) improves their health, finding their ikigai improves their mind and soul.