Ikigai Starts With Your Values

Ikigai starts with your values. You will feel ikigai if you live in harmony with your values – not those that you have inherited from or been pressured to accept by family, friends, institutions, or society, but those that you have identified for yourself. If you live in conflict or are forced to compromise your

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Ikigai ni Tsuite

Ikigai ni Tsuite is the title of Mieko Kamiya’s seminal book in which she shared her model of ikigai. Her book is still considered a standard reference by contemporary Japanese researchers, professors, and psychologists, despite it being published over a half-century ago, in 1966. On the Meaning of LifeIn Japanese, tsuite means ‘about; concerning; as

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The Mother of Ikigai – Mieko Kamiya

Where are all the mothers?When we think of great philosophers, names such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle come to mind. In psychology, pioneers include Wilhelm Wundt, William James, and Sigmund Freud. In the field of positive psychology, Abraham Maslow, Martin Seligman, and Christopher Peterson are considered founding fathers. One name that should be added to

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Not All Japanese Have Ikigai

According to Gogole Trends Japan the below are the top 5 searched keywords related to ikigai.生きがい ない = No ikigai (No purpose/meaning in life)高齢 者 = Elderly people生きがい センター = Ikigai center生きがい が ない = No ikigai (が = subject marker)生きがい 意味 = Ikigai meaningMillions of Japanese don’t feel ikigaiMany books and blog posts that

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The Cultural Appropriation of Ikigai

Everyday on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Medium hundreds of users unwittingly post, share, like and promote a Japanese concept that has been appropriated – Ikigai. If you are reading this then most  likely you have seen the Venn diagram below.Indeed the Venn diagram is seductive as it appeals to our ego. I’m sure without

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