Are you happy in life?

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Are you happy in life? I wish there was a metric we can look at and say that we're x% happy in life but we know there can't be one. Why? Simply because people think about their happiness, and it is a very subjective one that can't be generalised to a wider audience.

So how do we answer this question? Yesterday I came across a framework that originated from Japan called the "๐ข๐ค๐ข๐ ๐š๐ข" - which translates to "purpose of life". Everything that you do in life is broadly classified into ๐Ÿฐ ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€.

ikigai framework

You do something because...

โค๏ธ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜

For example, you love travelling and meeting new people. You do this because you get pleasure & satisfaction out of it.

๐Ÿ† ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚'๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜

For example, you can be good at coding due to your experience in tech and practice. You do this because you've mastered a skill and perform better than others in it.

๐Ÿ’ฐ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜

For example, the job that you do or anything that helps you pay the bills. Basically, these are the things that earn you money.

๐ŸŒŽ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜

For example, showing love and compassion towards animals or donating to a cause. You do this so that others around you are happy and you win as a whole.

When you are in a stage of life where you are doing things that check off all the above four, that means you've found your "๐ข๐ค๐ข๐ ๐š๐ข" i.e., the purpose of your life.

find your ikigai

Now, did I find my ikigai? Not yet.

I've always felt something missing from my life but didn't know how to fulfil it. At least now, when I see the world through the lens of ikigai, I know what quadrants I should be chasing after & focus to find the purpose of my life and live happily.

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