What is Ikigai? Why Should We Follow Our Ikigai?

Ikigai is something that motivates you to live, wake up at mornings. Having ikigai brings happiness, satisfaction and meaning to our lives.
What is Ikigai? Why Should We Follow Our Ikigai?
What is IKIGAI and Why we should follow it?

What is IKIGAI?

Ikigai is a Japanese concept, according to this idea everyone has an ikigai that gives a person a reason for being. In general, something that motivates you to live, wake up at mornings or gives a sense of purpose. 

"Ikigai" is a Japanese word, which is combined with two words iki 生き(which means "life; alive") and kai (gai, 甲斐) (which means, to be worthwhile or being purposeful). A meaning for life; what makes life purposeful.

Ikigai motivates to alive, but it is not forced on an individual. It is undertaken willingly and it depends on a person's inner self. It is hidden deep inside each of us and to find it requires a patient search.

Why We Should Follow Our Ikigai? 
Or, Why is It Important in Our Life?

Having ikigai brings happiness, satisfaction and meaning to our lives. If we keep doing what we love and never retire, our body allows to do these as long as possible. Ikigai gives a sense of purpose to each and every day. The keys to longevity (longer life) are diet, exercise, finding a purpose in life (ikigai) and forming strong social connection. Living in a strongly bounded friends and good family relations reduce stress and help to grow together.

Ikigai is what brings us happiness and inspires us to get out of bed every day.

When we have purpose in life, we don't get distractions, we focus more on our goals and ignore shortcomings and useless things like worries, troubles, rejections, fear etc.

5 Benefits to Finding Your Ikigai

something that motivates you to live, wake up at mornings or gives a sense of purpose
Benefits of having ikigai


1. Your Ikigai gives your life meaning
2. Finding your ikigai creates a value system
3. Knowing your ikigai increases your feeling of self-worth
4. Pursuing your ikigai leads to fulfillment and happiness
5. It's good for your mental and physical health

How to Find Your Ikigai?

To find your ikigai. Ask these four questions to yourself and write down its intersection or common point. That will be your ikigai or true purpose of your life.

What is Ikigai? Why Should We Follow Our Ikigai?
How to Find Your Ikigai?

  • What you love
  • What you are good at
  • What you can be paid for
  • What the world needs
I hope this article has inspired you to reflect on ikigai and to pursue it using an ikigai diagram.
Thank You :)
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