Journal of Health Care and Research [ISSN: 2582-8967]
Article Type: Commentary
J Health Care and Research. 2023 Mar 18;4(1):21-24
Corresponding Author: Hiroshi BANDO, MD, PhD, FACP ORCID iD
Address: Tokushima University /Medical Research, Nakashowa 1-61, Tokushima 770-0943, Japan.
Received date: 13 February 2023; Accepted date: 11 March 2023; Published date: 18 March 2023
Citation: Yoshioka A, Bando H, Nishikiori Y. Focus on Subjective Well-Being and “Ikigai” As Reason for Living or “Eudaimonia”. J Health Care and Research. 2023 Mar 18;4(1):21-24.
Copyright © 2023 Yoshioka A, Bando H, Nishikiori Y. This is an open-access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Eudaimonia, Ikigai, Well-Being, Purpose in Life, Hinohara-Ism
Research on the meaning of life has shown that the value and worth of each individual’s life hold significant importance, and this is closely associated with the concept of “eudaimonia” from ancient Greek philosophy. More recently, the Japanese word “ikigai” has gained attention as a similar concept, referring to one’s sense of well-being, reason for living, or purpose in life. Through various studies, it has been discovered that ikigai is closely related to factors such as happiness, anxiety, depression, stress, and employment status. In fact, it has been identified as a key predictor of both psychological well-being and physical health. As such, the research on ikigai has important implications for preventative medicine and positive psychology, as it can help individuals lead more fulfilling, successful, and responsible lives on a daily basis.