Want To Learn The Secret To Happiness?
Ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) roughly translates to “the happiness of always being busy,” but it doesn’t mean keeping a schedule packed with mindless errands and activities. Rather, the thing that makes you want to get up in the morning, makes you want to work hard, and colors your life with purpose that’s what makes up your ikigai.
Having a clearly defined ikigai brings satisfaction, happiness and meaning to our lives.
As Japanese individuals reach old age it’s often ikigai that shapes their lives later in life. It’s the spark that gives them energy to live a fulfilling life to the very last minute. “Our ikigai is hidden deep inside each of us.”
Finding Your Ikigai
For some of us, our ikigai might be so obvious that we don’t need to second guess it. We might already have it on a sticky note, pinned to our mirror or set as our phone background. Think of it as the activity or purpose that you could see yourself doing passionately until the very end of time. But if yours is still a bit cloudy, or maybe you have many ikigais, fighting for the spotlight, know that’s totally human. It’s not always easy to find ones ikigai.
One way to find out if YOU have ikigai is to ask yourself the following four questions:
- 1. What do you love?
- 2. What are you good at?
- 3. What can you be paid for now or something that could transform into your future hustle?
- 4. What does the world need?
Whatever activity or passion answers each of these four questions they say that’s your ikigai. It’s something that can combine your passion and your talents, something that can one day become your life’s work, and something that’s needed in this world.
If you’re still feeling ikigai-less, here are some more ways to discover what matters to you and live with purpose and happiness:
Follow Your Curiosity
Let your gut feeling be the lighthouse that guides you to your ikigai.
Balance Your Ikigai With Other Feel-Good Habits
Alongside discovering and pursuing your ikigai, long-term happiness requires other healthy lifestyle changes, too including staying active, smiling more, connecting with nature, living in the moment, and surrounding themselves with good friends.
Reframe How You Seek Meaning
Although these steps and more can lead you to happiness, there’s no “perfect” strategy to find your ikigai. And they learned an important lesson from the Okinawans: Don’t worry or stress about finding your ikigai if it feels missing.
What’s most important: Doing what you love, whether it’s one thing that defines your ikigai or a variety of things that just make you feel good. Life not a problem to be solved, Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you.
So here’s to you DuFord Law readers, I hope this article leads you to happiness and being more alert and aware of the light inside of you.