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Ikigai Is the Japanese Way of Life That Promises Happiness - A New Way to Live

Ikigai Is the Japanese Way of Life That Promises Happiness - A New Way to Live
From The Kitchn - September 22, 2017

The Danish term describing the concept of cozinesshyggeembodies a feeling of warmth, and it was the "it" phrase for the end of 2016. At the start of this year, hygge faced fierce competition from lagom, yet another Scandinavian buzzword. Now there's a new lifestyle concept from Japan: ikigai.

At it's core, ikigai is the exact opposite of hygge. While hygge promotes a slower-paced life emphasizing self-care and taking time out for yourself, ikigai is more motivatingit focuses on finding your purpose in life.

According to BBC: "There is no direct English translation, but it's a term that embodies the idea of happiness in living. Essentially, ikigai is the reason why you get up in the morning."

There may even be some (unofficial) link between ikigai and life longevity. As the Guardian points out, the Japanese have the longest life expectancy in the world and some studies have found those who push off retirement by a year live longer.

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