by Cheryl Hall on December 15th, 2019

“The happiness of being busy.”

There’s no direct English translation, but I love this interpretation of Ikigai.

Ikigai (pronounced Ick-ee-guy) is a Japanese concept that focuses on finding your purpose in life or your reason for getting up in the morning.

As an OT, doesn’t this resonant with you?

To be busy and meaningfully engaged in your favorite occupation is central to a healthy, happy, and productive life. OTs make occupations possible for their patients.

Finding your Ikigai starts with some introspective exploration. Depending on the interpretation, you will answer 3 or 4 questions.

What are you good at?
What do you love?
What does the world need?
What can you get paid to do? (this is not in all versions)

Your Ikigai is at the intersection of these lists (think Venn diagram).

Whether you use this strategy with your OT patients, or if your own life needs a little realignment, it might be time to explore Ikigai.

Cheryl Hall, OT

  • About Me

    Cheryl Hall
    Occupational Therapist
    Maryland, United States

    Welcome to a site devoted to sharing experience, knowledge and resources to make your job of being a great therapist a lot easier.

    I have been an occupational therapist for more than 30 years. I graduated from San Jose State University with degrees in Occupational Therapy, Gerontology, and Early Child Development. My passion is working with adults and children in home health but I have also worked in rehab, sub-acute rehab, hand therapy, transitional living for TBI, and hospital-based outpatient settings.

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