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Ikigai decoded

Surprisingly simple steps towards more happiness

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Nov 06, 2019 • 4 min read
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Rike Aprea in this article decodes the Japanese concept of celebrating the simple joys in one's life dubbed (Ikigai). She explains its meaning and also provides a list of steps that people could follow to make their lives more joyful by appreciating the little things in life. The concept describes not only the things that make your life worthwhile but also gives it purpose.


  • Ikigai is a Japanese concept of celebrating the simple joys in life. (Iki) stands for living and (Gai) stands for value or worth.
  • The meaning of life differs depending on many factors, thus what matters is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.
  • The small things in your life could be the things that bring you happiness, and being energized by the things that bring you joy, helps you to live your purpose and give back to others.

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