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 "𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐢" - which translates to "purpose of life". Everything that you do in life is broadly classified into 𝟰 𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀.

ikigai framework

You do something because...

❤️ 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁

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

🏆 𝗬𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘁

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.

💰 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝘁

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

🌎 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝘁

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 "𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐢" 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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