10/23/2017

'Ikigai' is the Japanese art of finding one's purpose in life



You will find your ikigai at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing.

The quest for happiness is part of being human, and every culture has its own idea for how to go about seeking it. You've probably heard of hygge, the Danish concept of coziness meant to create space for warmth and togetherness. Or perhaps you're familiar with Swedish lagom, a phrase that means "not too little, not too much," and encourages finding balance and mindfulness in all that you do.

Now there's another, less-Nordic concept gaining popularity. It's called 'ikigai' and it comes from Japan.


Ikigai, whose name comes from the Japanese words iki, meaning life, and gai, meaning value or worth, is about finding purpose in life. It is about establishing a career that is "at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing." It's about feeling your work makes a difference in people's lives....more