IKIGAI – A Reason For Being

  “Ikigai is what gets you up every morning and keeps you going.”

We as a whole want to carry on with a long and satisfying life, loaded up with reason, achievements, love, and association. But how? A mystery may lie in the lifestyle utilized by the longest-living individuals on Earth. Gain proficiency with the standards of Ikigai and attempt to actualize them in your own life.


Ikigai is spelled as EE-KEY-GUY.  In Japanese, iki signifies “to live” and gai signifies “reason”.

At the end of the day, your motivation to live. This belief system dates to the Heian time frame (A.D. 794 to 1185), however just in the previous decade has it picked up consideration from millions around the globe.


To those in the West who are progressively acquainted with the idea of Ikigai, it’s regularly connected with a Venn diagram with four covering characteristics:

  1. What you love 
  2. What you are good at 
  3. What the world needs
  4. What you can be paid for.

As per the Japanese, everybody has an Ikigai. To discover it regularly requires profound request and long ‘search of self’ – a pursuit which is exceptionally respected. 

The word Ikigai, that space in these four components, is viewed as the wellspring of significant worth or what makes one’s life really advantageous. In Okinawa, Japan, Ikigai is thought of as “motivation to get up toward the beginning of the day”. Strikingly, while positively fusing the money related parts of life, the word is all the more frequently used to allude to the psychological and profound state behind our condition rather than our present monetary status alone. Regardless of whether we are traveling through a dim or testing time, in the event that we are moving with reason, on the off chance that we are feeling called toward something or have an unmistakable objective at the top of the priority list, we may in any case experience Ikigai.

Frequently the practices that cause us to feel Ikigai are not the ones we are compelled to take dependent on the desires for our general surroundings, but instead, they are the normal activities and unconstrained reactions that rise up out of a profound and direct association with life.

In their book Ikigai “The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life”, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles defy the ten guidelines that can assist anybody with finding their own Ikigai. 

  1. Remain dynamic and don’t resign 
  2. Desert criticalness and receive a more slow pace of life 
  3. Just eat until you are 80 percent full 
  4. Encircle yourself with old buddies 
  5. Get fit as a fiddle through everyday, delicate exercise 
  6. Grin and recognize individuals around you 
  7. Reconnect with nature 
  8. Express gratefulness to anything that lights up our day and causes us to feel alive. 
  9. Live at the time 
  10. Follow your Ikigai

 Philosopher and civil rights leader Howard W Thurman said:

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do to because what the world really needs is people who have come alive.” 


The key to a long and upbeat life is to live with reason each day. The initial step to living with objects is to recapture control of your predetermination and the Japanese idea of Ikigai is such a brilliant apparatus for doing this. It may take years, even decades, to find your purpose behind being. Be that as it may, show restraint, you deserve it. 

Seek after it with all that you have, as quickly as time permits. Finding your Ikigai is an extremely illuminating procedure and is absolutely worth the time and exertion it takes.

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