Summary of “‘Ikigai’: The Japanese Lifestyle Trend Promising To Find Your Life Purpose”

Having tried out the Danish concept of finding contentment in cosiness with the pursuit of ‘hygge’, and frugal living with the Swedish idea of ‘lagom’, we seem to be struggling to find the true key to happiness.
Enter ‘ikigai’, a new lifestyle concept from Japan.
In Japanese culture, it’s widely believed that everyone has an ‘ikigai’ – a reason to jump out of bed each morning.
What it means ‘Ikigai’ is a Japanese word that can roughly be translated into English to mean ‘reason for being’.
Hector Garcia, co-author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, explains the word uses the characters ‘iki’, or ‘life’, and ‘kai’, meaning the result of a certain action.
Last year, Ken dos Remedios of the Hyper Japan cultural festival told the Independent: ‘Although it is not impossible to have ‘ikigai’ without social connections, it is easier to feel ‘ikigai’ by creating social connections, perhaps because of the ingrained social connections Japanese society promotes and Japanese individuals are conditioned to seek.
How does it work? Ken Mogi, a neuroscientist and author of Awakening Your Ikigai, explains that finding your purpose in life using this lifestyle concept is about focussing on what he describes as ‘five pillars’: starting small, accepting yourself, connecting with the world around you, seeking out small joys, and being in the here and now.
In order to find your Ikigai, people should ask themselves the following four questions:1.

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