I’ve come across some Japanese phrases I’d like to share with you.  These first three come from a Japanese philosophy for a happy life:

  • Ikigai – purpose, meaning, something to do and somewhere to go – with meaning.
  • Hara hachi bu – 80% full.  What I read about this has to do with feeling 80% full after a meal and being satisfied with that.  Let’s expand it, though.  Can we be 80% full with things, activities, the to-do list and learn to feel satisfied?
  • Moai – community, social/family network.

So! having purpose, being satisfied with a little less and being part of a community with close social and family connections.  Sounds about right.

Two more Japanese concepts:

  • Wabi sabi – finding beauty in imperfection.
  • (this one is my favorite) Kintsugi – from kintsukuroi (golden repair) – “the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold….as a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Can we apply these to life today?


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