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Ikigai

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Non-English Term
Ikigai

Definition

Japanese for 'reason for being' — a relationship of the values and features that make life worthwhile for an individual, incorporating passion, mission, profession, and vocation.

Origin

The origin of the word goes back to the Heian period in Japan (794 to 1185). “Gai comes from the word kai (“shell” in Japanese) which were deemed highly valuable, and from there ikigai derived as a word that means value in living.” (source)