The Japanese call it ‘ikigai’, and Nicoyans ‘plan de vida’. Essentially it means “why I wake up in the morning”, and it’s your reason for being, or your purpose.

It can sometimes feel that there’s too much pressure to find our life’s purpose, but having one may help act as a buffer against stress and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke and arthritis. An 11 year study following