Ikigai: The Reason for Which You Wake Up in the Morning
Do you instantly know why you wake up in the morning?
According to Dan Buettner, in America, we tend to break our adult life into two phases: Work and retirement.
In Okinawan language, there is not even a word for retirement. In Okinawa, there is one word that encompasses everything.
That word is Ikigai (eek-y-guy).
Roughly translated, ikigai means, “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.”
Ikigai, or, your “sense of purpose”, is very personal experience – and it manifests itself in many ways.
There is great power in purpose. For example, we know that people with a strong sense of purpose have boosted immune systems. They also enjoy lower stress hormones, and are better able to deal with the difficulties that life throws their way.
Watch this 3 minute video on the power of ikigai, where Dan Buettner shares his insight on this cornerstone of Okinawan longevity.
My ikigai is to help you lead a better life with skill.