Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life? | World Economic Forum

While there is no direct English translation, ikigai is thought to combine the Japanese words ikiru, meaning “to live”, and kai, meaning “the realization of what one hopes for”. Together these definitions create the concept of “a reason to live” or the idea of having a purpose in life.

Image: Toronto Star Ikigai also has historic links: gai originates from the word kai, which means shell. These were considered very valuable during the Heian period (794 to 1185), according to Akihiro Hasegawa, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Toyo Eiwa University, adding a sense of “value in living”.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/08/is-this-japanese-concept-the-secret-to-a-long-life

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