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Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) (ee-kee-gah-ee) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” It is similar to the French phrase Raison d’être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. Examples include work, hobbies and raising children.

The term ikigaicompounds two Japanese words: iki (wikt:生き) meaning “life; alive” and kai (甲斐) “(an) effect; (a) result; (a) fruit; (a) worth; (a) use; (a) benefit; (no, little) avail” (sequentially voiced as gai) “a reason for living [being alive]; a meaning for [to] life; what [something that] makes life worth living; a raison d’etre”.

In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as “a reason to get up in the morning”; that is, a reason to enjoy life. In a TED Talk, Dan Buettner suggested ikigai as one of the reasons people in the area had such long lives.


what is your ikigai.. they instantly knew why they woke up in the morning.

thurman alive law

none of them exercise.. at least the way we think of exercise.. instead they set up their lives so they are constantly nudged into physical activity.. when they do do intentional physical activity.. it’s the things they enjoy.. they tend to walk.. they all tend to have a garden

affluence w/o abundance ness

each of these cultures take time to downshift

imagine self-talk .. everyday

vocab for sense of purpose.. ie: ikiai

no longevity diet.. drink everyday.. tend to eat plant based diet.. not no meat.. but lots of beans/nuts.. strategies for over eating

foundation of all this is how they connect..families first.. take care of their children and aging parents.. belong to right tribe

maté basic needs via 2 convos

The word ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. Secondly, the word is used to refer to mental and spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that their lives are valuable. It’s not necessarily linked to one’s economic status or the present state of society. Even if a person feels that the present is dark, but they have a goal in mind, they may feel ikigai. Behaviours that make us feel ikigai are not actions we are forced to take—these are natural and spontaneous actions.

In the article named Ikigai — jibun no kanosei, kaikasaseru katei (“Ikigai: the process of allowing the self’s possibilities to blossom”) Kobayashi Tsukasa says that “people can feel real ikigai only when, on the basis of personal maturity, the satisfaction of various desires, love and happiness, encounters with others, and a sense of the value of life, they proceed toward self-realization.


adding page because of this from Joi:

Joi Ito (@Joi) tweeted at 5:50 AM on Sun, Dec 31, 2017:
I can imagine an AI that can beat humans at games, but for most of us, life IS NOT just a game. Games require fairly clear parameters for winning. Personally, I don’t think of life as something I’m trying to “win” at. I wonder if an AI can have Ikigai?  https://t.co/6Vpr77X7Q6

depends how you define ai

i believe tech as it could be (facil ing 2 convos..as the day..self-talk as data]..et al) could get us to eudaimoniative surplus

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way


ikaria (greece)