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Ikigai in parenting

Ikigai in parenting

What brings you joy? What makes you happy? These are questions we all dwell upon in our lives and find a reason to make us feel happy and satisfied as humans. 

When you hear a talk by any life coach or motivational speaker, one of the new philosophies and ways to make you more fulfilled, they recommend ikigai. Now with all these buzzwords and other things mentioned by life coaches can be incorporated in our day to day activities.

Ikigai is a fairly simple concept that everyone can reach based on our interests and hobbies.

Ikigai (ee-key-guy) is a Japanese concept that combines the terms iki, meaning “alive” or “life,” and gai, meaning “benefit” or “worth.” When combined, these terms mean that which gives your life worth, meaning, or purpose. Ikigai is similar to the French term “raison d’etre” or “reason for being.”

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Japanese psychologist Michiko Kumano (2017) has said that ikigai is a state of wellbeing that arises from devotion to activities one enjoys, which also brings a sense of fulfillment.

Ikigai  involves four major spheres of interest and how they might overlap in one’s life.

  • What you love
  • What you are good at
  • What the world needs
  • What you can get paid for

Ikigai as a concept and philosophy can help you map out a plan that can bring you satisfaction and fulfillment. It helps you find a passion and something that gives you a lust for life. 

While parenting, by introducing this concept to your children and making them more mindful of their surroundings can help them achieve ikigai in their life.

5 easy ways to incorporate ikigai in your parenting journey: 

  • Help your children connect with nature: By getting your children a plant that they have to take care of, makes them mindful of their surroundings. 
  • Encourage the spirit of giving: By telling your children the importance of helping less fortunate people can make them more socially conscious and give them a healthy mindset. 
  • Instill gratitude in them: One of ikigai’s main principles is joy and with being grateful for what we have comes joy. Once children learn to be grateful for all the opportunities they have, they become closer to finding their ikigai. 
  • Reduce screen time: Reducing screen time can help your children detach from societal pressures and peer pressure they face online. This helps them ground themselves and realise that they have their whole life outside of a screen, giving them time and space to find their ikigai.
  • Encourage independence: It is important for your children to be independent and by making them do their chores, or by valuing their input when it comes to decision making. This improves their self esteem and gives them the confidence to find their own ikigai.

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