The Japanese way of Ikigai

The Japanese word 生きがい(Ikigai) means reason to live as its literal Translation said, but it has more meaning than literal Translation As we all know well that our life is totally divided in two parts Work life and Our life and its very difficult to balance between these two ,and find your purpose in life.

“If you find pleasure and satisfaction in what you do and you are good it in,Congraulations you found your Ikigai”

The origin of the word ikigai goes back to the Heian period (794 to 1185). Clinical psychologist and avid expert of the ikigai evolution, Akihiro Hasegawa released a research paper in 2001 where he wrote that the word “gai” comes from the word “kai” which translates to “shell” in Japanese.

During the Heian period, shells were extremely valuable, so the association of value is still inherently seen in this word. It can also be seen in similar Japanese words like hatarakigai, (働きがい) which means the value of work, or yarigai ~ga aru (やり甲斐がある), meaning “it’s worth doing it.

Diagram of Japanese ikigai concept. Vector illustration

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