Do you ever wonder what the key to a long and happy life is? The Japanese island of Okinawa holds the secret, and it's called "ikigai." Taken from the Japanese words "iki" (meaning "life") and "gai" (meaning "worth"), ikigai represents the reason for being, the ultimate purpose that gives meaning to our existence. In this blog, we invite you to embark on a journey inspired by the ancient Japanese philosophy of "Ikigai" that unlocks the secrets to happiness and longevity.
Imagine waking up each morning with a sense of purpose and excitement, eager to embrace the day ahead. This is precisely the essence of ikigai, which introduces four fundamental pillars: passion, mission, vocation, and profession. Aligning these elements can lead to a deeply fulfilling and purpose-driven life.
The Four Fundamental Pillars of Ikigai:
Engaging in activities that bring you joy and happiness – doing what you love.
Understanding what brings you a sense of fulfilment and how your actions positively impact the people and the world around you.
Finding a sense of purpose and fulfilment in the work you do by aligning it with your interests, values, and passions.
Utilising your skills, education, or training to pursue financial compensation to support your life.
Finding your ikigai begins with self-discovery and introspection. Take a moment to reflect on your passions – those activities that ignite your soul and make you lose track of time.
As you delve into what brings you joy and fulfilment, consider how life insurance can be an integral part of your journey towards a fulfilling and secure life for yourself and your loved ones. Ikigai is all about finding peace and contentment while pursuing your passions and missions. To fully embrace this philosophy, use life insurance as a means of providing peace of mind to you and your loved ones. Knowing that your family will be financially protected allows you to continue pursuing your dreams with confidence. To understand more about life insurance, how it works and how it secures your loved ones, check out our website.
As you align your passions and vocation to live a purpose-driven life, it's wise to include long-term planning in the equation. Life insurance can play a crucial role in securing your family's financial future and continuing the legacy you have built. Ensuring your loved ones' well-being is essential, and without life insurance, they may have to bear the burden of around $10,000* for your funeral arrangements out of their own pocket. (*The average cost of a Funeral in NZ is $10,000 - Funerals & registration of death – Citizens Advice Bureau NZ)
To embrace the ikigai philosophy, it's essential to nurture your relationships and cultivate strong social connections. Invest time in your relationships with family and friends, and build meaningful connections that enrich your life - and ensure those you leave behind are taken care of.
"Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life" is a compelling guide to unlocking the secrets of happiness and longevity. If you get the chance, read the book written by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia, to unlock simple secrets you can use to live a long, meaningful, happy life.
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