Ikigai- a Japanese word to describe “the happiness of being busy”

Updated: Feb 28

Being busy

I’m reading a book now called Ikigai – the Japanese secret to living a long and happy life. It gave me some insightful thoughts about happiness and quality of life. Ikigai is many things. One of them is to find a happiness in doing things that bring meaning and happiness to your life. Is it OK to be busy? It is good to be busy doing things that you love and that occupy your mind in a happy way. The book describes how to find focus and concentration when completing tasks. And of being in the present moment. It’s a form of mindfulness to be in the present and not think about the past or future. Be in the moment, even if it’s doing the dishes.

Learning new things

It’s good to challenge yourself while learning new things. I love to play guitar, it’s something I started at High School, but study, work and kids meant I left it behind. Now, I am learning again. And enjoying playing guitar with my like-minded buddies at MGS Music School. Learning new things is hard and incremental. One sleep and then another while the learning path grows in my mind. Keeping a young mind is good to challenge and build a strong mind. One day I will be good at guitar!

Connect with others

A simple smile and greeting is a great way to connect with others. I must do more of this. Sharing a good thought is easy and brings happiness. Seeing my customers smile when they get something either for themselves or a loved one is a joy. When I visit a customer or chat with them at local Markets I feel good that they have enjoyed my labour of love too.

Flow like water

Anxiety can affect every part of our body including our skin. I try to practice mindfulness but it can be hard to re-direct thoughts away from the negative. By reading about Ikigai I have learnt to let the bad thought pass. Be strong and flow like water. Let the bad thoughts go. Quite difficult to do but I’m trying!


It helps to zone out from constant phone pings from messages and chats. We need space to see nature and relax. Today I had a bushwalk in the Blue Mountains. And sat in a Café in Leura for the first time since Lockdown has finished. Wow that was nice to appreciate simple pleasures.

Gentle exercise

Do some gentle exercise every day, or at least some exercise that you enjoy doing. Tomorrow some swimming will be my mindfulness practice! In the meantime, a warm bath can help relax my mind for a while after bushwalking in the Mountains. I have added some of my Sweet Orange Blossom Bath Soak to my warm bath. Right after taking a bath we experience relaxing brain waves. They are like the same feeling of calm you get after meditating. My new Citrus Blossom Bubble Bath has a variety of blends of essential oils. There's calm, tranquil, serene, balance and harmony to choose from. Each blend contains pure essential oils with an uplifting fragrance. And will help to promote relaxation. The avocado oil adds moisture back to your skin too. Try some today.

I have enjoyed some me time reading Ikigai. Keep healthy and happy.

Louise from Busy Bee Blossom.

Extracts and learnings are from the book Ikigai – the Japanese secret to living a long and happy life with Identifiers: LCCN 2017005811 (print) | LCCN 2017022599 (ebook) |

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