Updated: Jan 12, 2020
It is a Japanese concept that means "the reason to live" or "the reason for being". Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep, often prolonged, self-search. This search is considered very important, since it is believed that the discovery of the ikigai itself brings satisfaction and a sense of life.
The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki (生 き?), Which refers to life, and kai (甲 斐?), Which roughly means "the realization of what one expects and desires" the ikigai is conceived as " a reason to get up in the morning »; that is, a reason to enjoy life. The word ikigai is generally used to indicate the source of the value of one's life, or the things that make life worthwhile. Second, the word is used to refer to the mental and spiritual circumstances in which people feel their lives are valuable. It is not necessarily linked to the personal economic situation or the current state of society. Even if a person feels that the present is bleak, but has an objective in mind, he can feel the ikigai. The behaviors that make us feel the ikigai are not actions that we are forced to carry out, but natural and spontaneous actions. Can you find the reason to live? the experts recommend starting with four questions: What do you love? What is it good for? What does the world need from you? What can you do to get paid?
"Finding the answers and balancing these four areas could be a path to ikigai for Westerners looking for a quick interpretation of this philosophy." However, in Japanese culture, ikigai is a slower process and, above all, it has nothing to do with work or income.