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The Japanese Concept 'Ikigai' is a Formula for Happiness and Meaning

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  • In some sense, an ikigai can serve as a compass to navigate both career and life decisions, which it seems people crave for now more than ever. After all, 20% of millennials and 21% of Gen-X’s say that doing work they are passionate about is an important long-term goal.Before you think this sounds too pie-in-the-sky, consider what one researcher noted: ikigai is often not something grand or extraordinary. What better way, then, to discover a sustainable passion than by finding yourikigai?
  • It’s challenging. Your ikigai should lead to mastery and growth.
  • It’s your choice. You feel a certain degree of autonomy and freedom pursuing your ikigai.
  • It involves a commitment of time and belief, perhaps to a particular cause, skill, trade, or group;
  • It boosts your well-being. Ikigai is associated with positive relationships and good health. It gives you more energy than it takes away.
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