Ikigai: Finding a Meaningful Life

First, let’s take a breath

When you wake up in the morning, you don’t have the motivation to do something meaningful. Sometimes, you feel no purpose in your life or toxic work culture that you have too long hours at the office with the excessive work, the traffic that you have to go through while you go to the office, and come back home. How do you handle it?

This is the right time to improve your life. Someone who improves his life can be seen when they set their purpose because it is healthy for their mind. Yup, people who have a sense of purpose in life are at lower mortality and cardiovascular risk. The researchers found that a lower risk of death for participants with a high sense of purpose in life, while mortality was about one-fifth lower for participants reporting a strong sense of purpose, or Ikigai.

So what exactly is Ikigai?

Psychologist Michiko Kumano describes Ikigai as eudaimonic well-being, which means it requires an act of devoting oneself to enjoy life and is associated with feelings of accomplishment and fulfillment. It a nutshell, Ikigai is the reason why you get up in the morning.

It’s easiest to think about Ikagai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:

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

So, Ikigai is the place where your passion, mission, profession, and vocation meet in one dimension.

How to find your Ikigai?

  1. Fill out the Ikigai Diagram by answering questions

If you wanna make a good start to understanding the Ikigai, you can start by making your own Ikigai Diagram. Fill the circles with words or images that what you love, you are pretty good at it, you are paid for it, and the world needs it.

Don’t rush into it and calm down whatever comes to your mind. Take your time for a few days or weeks. The most important thing is an honest answer from yourself. If those questions can’t be answered yet, try these: what unique talents do you have and which ones will you develop? Can you contribute to the environment? What makes you love?

After you’ve answered these questions and complete the circle, let’s try to find connections.

2. Do it

The last one how to finding your Ikigai is in living it out, so you must commit to consistent action and adapt along the way to continue to grow. In addition, it’s time to evaluate if following your Ikigai is actually meaning and fulfilling? You can answer based on:

  • How much do you love it?
  • How do you convince your self?
  • Is it suitable for your life and work?

If the answer is good, that way your Ikigai is finally found.

Benefits of having an Ikigai

It gives you serenity and peace in your work. It affects how you love what you do and make life meaningful. Last but not least, it is good for your mental health :)

Follow the sunshine