I am continuing with the theme of ‘joy @ work’ as I believe that it is so very important. It is your life! And I am seeking different ways, one of which, I hope, will be just perfect for you. Are you starting to find some aspects from the past articles that are assisting you to find those gems of joy that are tucked away in a corner of your workplace and life?
It is the tucked away theme that I will continue to explore in this article. If you are struggling to get up and face work every day, or even most days, then joy is not what you will be thinking about most of the time.
And that is exactly the point, your task, should you wish to change your daily feel is to look for Ikigai. Ikigai are two Japanese words: iki meaning life and gai meaning value or reason. It is the WHY you get up each day.
It is finding things that give you pleasure, purpose and of course joy!
This is not necessarily your big life goals and purpose on this planet, this is the manifold little joys that are hidden in every corner if you look for them. The lovely part is exactly because they are little and therefore repeatable they all add up to a very positive impact. This is one way to sustain you to continually build your resilience, day by day, small joy by small joy.
Another super aspect of Ikigai is that it cannot only make now much more tolerable and all the way to enjoyable, it also builds a firm foundation for your aging and especially for you to live a long and happy life. Being basically joyful in your attitude, actively searching for, finding and relishing, your little joys every day can have a profound constructive affect.
These little joys might also be a part of your bit life purpose, or they may not, and they will still be a part of providing the energy and motivation for you to achieve your life’s purpose. In research from the Tohoku University of Medicine, where 55,000 people were asked if they had Ikigai in their lives, the ones who said, ‘no’ were more likely to be unemployed, have poor physical and mental health, and greater risk of heart disease. The effort to look for, recognise and appreciate the little joys in life can have a very widely beneficial effect.
This diagram shows the interaction of the aspects of Ikigai:
If you are able to meet all four aspects, then that is really wonderful, however, even managing one or two of the aspects moves your awareness in the right direction. The sign that you are achieving Ikigai for you is when you find that you have a spontaneous smile on your face.
Here are 8 ways to increase your Ikigai quotient:
As always, we’d love to hear from you with any questions or success stories.
Vanda – The Resilient Warrior
The Holistic Life Coach
Holistic & Natural Solutions for Health and Wellbeing