Ikigai, the Japanese secret to a happy (long) life

Wondering what the secret is to a happy life? With many lottery winners struggling to get used to their new-found fortune, we thought we’d explore this Japanese concept for you. This Japanese concept may hold the answer.

With Japan known to have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, it’s worthwhile for any lottery player to include some “ikigai” practices into their daily life - and you can start today. What’s better than winning the lottery? Living a long life and being able to enjoy your win for years to come.

Ikigai, the Japanese secret to a happy (long) life

Where does it come from?

According to a research paper from a clinical psychologist and associate professor named Akihiro Hasegawa, the word “ikigai” goes back to the Heian period from 794 to 1185. A mix of two words “iki” meaning life and “gai” meaning value or worth, it’s a big part of everyday Japanese culture.

This trending ideal focuses on cultivating your highest level of desire or in other words, focus on reaching your highest potential.

How does it work?

The basic foundation is that you should ask yourself the following 4 questions:

  • What am I good at?
  • What do I love?
  • What can I be paid for now (or what could be turned into a future income source?)
  • What does the world need more of?

Once you have an idea of these four questions, you can draw up a diagram for yourself, like the one below:

Ikigai, the Japanese secret to a happy (long) life

Experts recommend that you do this early in the morning, before any distractions set in. This will also ensure that all your actions throughout the day are focused on actions that drive these points. This will lead to more overall fulfilment and direction.

Focusing on small steps you can actively follow to reach your goals, accepting your strengths and connecting with your environment and people around you can keep you happy, focussed and conscious of the here and now (a practice also known as mindfulness).

How can you incorporate some “Ikigai” into your lottery experience?

  • Focus on the lottery you want to win and be sure to enter. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play, so buying your entry is your first step.
  • Make sure you enter your favourite lotteries before the draw closes. Lottery players often get distracted by their day-to-day activities and forget to enter their favourite draws. They then live with what if’s or seeing their regular numbers coming up when they haven’t played. Set up a time for yourself to plan which lotteries you’d like to enter and then go and play.
  • Start imagining what your immediate life will look like once you’ve won. Hate cooking dinner every night? When you win you could have dinner cooked for you every day. Thinking about how your life could change overnight may make you appreciate your experiences today.
  • Don’t get dispirited when you don’t win. When the time is right, your numbers could be drawn. In the meantime though, you can try boosting your US Powerball odds with this article.

How will you be incorporating Ikigai into your life? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was written by
Jason L - who has written 185 articles
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