Ikigai is a Japanese term used to refer to reason for being or another interpretation is “the reason to get out of bed in the morning”.
Back in 2009, a team of researchers from Japan released the results of a study on the affect that ikigai had on aging.
In their research of over 73,000 people, what they discovered is that those that answered “yes” to whether they had ikigai or not had a lower mortality rate years later than those without it.
It makes sense.
If you feel your life has no meaning or purpose or you don’t have a reason to get out of bed in the morning you could see how this could affect you.
Once we retire, if our identity or purpose to get up in the morning and go to work is no longer there then what are we to do?
These are some of the highlights from his interview;
So, how do you find your purpose? Richard Leider suggested the following;
May you find and live your ikigai….
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