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Happiness / Joyful / Joy

China
Japan ki / yorokobi
Happiness / Joyful / Joy

喜 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy."

喜 can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in." Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in a certain context).

If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness," which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.


There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).


See Also:  Contentment | Happiness | Joy

Happy

China xīn
Japan kin
Happy

欣 is the type of happiness that you feel on the inside. It is the feeling of being released and delighted as well as being in a state of contentment. 欣 is a more internal happiness that perhaps only shows by the smile on your face. It can also be translated as "to take pleasure in" or "to rejoice."

Note: 欣 is often used in compound words - especially in Korean Hanja.
As Japanese Kanji, this is so rare, that most Japanese people are not aware of its existence.


See Also:  Happiness

Joyful

China huān
Japan kan
Joyful

歡 means joyous, happy, delight, and pleased.

歡 represents an external happiness that may have you clapping and cheering.


Please note: The other happiness/joyful which looks like "喜" is more popular.

歡 is the ancient/old version in China and Japan. After WWII in Japan, they started using 歓. Just let us know if you want this modern version instead of the ancient one.


See Also:  Happiness

Joyfulness / Happiness

China kuài lè
Japan kai raku
Joyfulness / Happiness

Joyfulness is an inner sense of peace and happiness. You appreciate the gifts each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops. Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling very sad.

快樂 can also mean pleasure, enjoyment, delight, cheerful, or merry. In some ways, this is the essence that makes someone to be perceived as a charming person.


See Also:  Happiness


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ fu2
Taiwan fu
Japanese fuku / ふく
Joyfulness / Happiness
Chinese good fortune; happiness; luck; surname Fu; abbr. for Fujian province 福建省[Fu2 jian4 sheng3]
Japanese good fortune; (surname) Fukutsuru; (surname) Fukuzaki; (surname) Fukusaki; (p,s,f) Fuku; (surname) Hamafuku; (surname) Tomi; (surname) Takarada; (personal name) Sachi; (female given name) Saki
Blessing, happiness, felicity, good fortune; merit


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Mandarin qìng / qing4
Taiwan ch`ing / ching
Japanese yoshi / よし    yuwai / ゆわい    megumi / めぐみ    michi / みち    chika / ちか    keitoku / ketoku / けいとく    keiji / keji / けいじ    kei / ke / けい    kiyon / きよん    iwai / いわい
Chinese to celebrate
Japanese (female given name) Yoshi; (surname) Yuwai; (female given name) Megumi; (female given name) Michi; (female given name) Chika; (surname) Keitoku; (personal name) Keiji; (surname, female given name) Kei; (surname) Kiyon; (surname) Iwai
Felicity, felicitous, felicitate.


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Mandarin miè / mie4
Taiwan mieh
Japanese metsu
Chinese to extinguish or put out; to go out (of a fire etc); to exterminate or wipe out; to drown
Extinguish, exterminate, destroy; a tr. of nirodha, suppression, annihilation; of nirvāṇa, blown out, extinguished, dead, perfect rest, highest felicity, etc.; and of nivṛtti, cessation, disappearance. nirodha is the third of the four axioms: 苦, 集, 滅, 道 pain, its focussing, its cessation (or cure), the way of such cure. Various ideas are expressed as to the meaning of 滅, i.e. annihilation or extinction of existence; or of rebirth and mortal existence; or of the passions as the cause of pain; and it is the two latter views which generally prevail; cf. M017574 10 strokes.

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Mandarin zhǐ / zhi3
Taiwan chih
Japanese minoru / みのる
Chinese felicity
Japanese (given name) Minoru

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Mandarin/ qi2
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese auspicious; propitious; good luck; felicity; euphoria; used for 旗, e.g. in 旗袍, long Chinese dress

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Mandarin/ si1
Taiwan ssu
Chinese felicity; blessing

三福

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Mandarin sān fú / san1 fu2
Taiwan san fu
Japanese mifuku / みふく    sanpuku / さんぷく
Japanese (place-name, surname) Mifuku; (given name) Sanpuku
The three (sources of) felicity: (1) The 無量壽經 has the felicity of (a) 世福 filial piety, regard for elders, keeping the ten commandments; (b) 戒福 of keeping the other commandments; (c) 行福 of resolve on complete bodhi and the pursuit of the Buddha-way. (2) The 倶舍論 18, has the blessedness of (a) 施類福 almsgiving, in evoking resultant wealth; (b) 戒類福 observance of the 性戒 (against killing, stealing, adultery, lying) and the 遮戒 (against alcohol, etc.), in obtaining a happy lot in the heavens; (c) 修類福 observance of meditation in obtaining final escape from the mortal round. Cf. 三種淨業; three felicitous acts

幸い

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Japanese saiwai / さいわい Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (See 幸いする・さいわいする) happiness; blessedness; luck; fortune; felicity; (adverb) (2) luckily; fortunately

悉利

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Mandarin xī lì / xi1 li4
Taiwan hsi li
Japanese shiri
idem 室利 q.v. 悉地 siddhi, accomplishment, complete attainment, perfection, proof, truth, final emancipation, supreme felicity, magical or supernatural powers; cf. M.W. As supernatural power it is used to end calamities, subdue demons, etc; success

福慶


福庆

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Mandarin fú qìng / fu2 qing4
Taiwan fu ch`ing / fu ching
Japanese fukuyoshi / ふくよし    fukukei / fukuke / ふくけい
Japanese (surname) Fukuyoshi; (surname) Fukukei
Blessedness and felicity, blessed felicity; to congratulate on good fortune.

難陀


难陀

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Mandarin nán tuó / nan2 tuo2
Taiwan nan t`o / nan to
Japanese Nanda
難陁 nanda, "happiness, pleasure, joy, felicity." M.W. Name of disciples not easy to discriminate; one is called Cowherd Nanda, an arhat; another Sundarananda, to distinguish him from Ānanda, and the above; also, of a milkman who gave Śākyamuni milk; of a poor woman who could only offer a cash to buy oil for a lamp to Buddha; of a nāga king; etc.

元吉樹


元吉树

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Mandarin yuán jí shù / yuan2 ji2 shu4
Taiwan yüan chi shu
Japanese gankitsuju
The tree of the origin of felicity, i. e. the bodhi-tree or ficus religiosa, also styled 佛樹; 道樹, and 菩提樹; bodhi tree

和伽羅


和伽罗

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Mandarin hé jiā luō / he2 jia1 luo1
Taiwan ho chia lo
Japanese wagara
(和伽羅那); 和伽那; 和羅那 vyākaraṇa, grammar, analysis, change of form; intp. as 授記 prediction, i. e. by the Buddha of the future felicity and realm of a disciple, hence Kauṇḍinya is known as Vyākaraṇa-Kauṇḍinya.

三品悉地

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Mandarin sān pǐn xī de / san1 pin3 xi1 de
Taiwan san p`in hsi te / san pin hsi te
Japanese sanbon shitji
The three esoteric kinds of siddhi, i.e. complete attainment, supreme felicity. They are 上 superior, to be born in the 密嚴國 Vairocana Pure-land; 中 in one of the other Pure-lands among which is the Western Paradise; and 下 in the 修羅宮 Sun Palaces among the devas. Also styled 三品成就; three classes of attainment

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happiness
Joyful
Joy
ki / yorokobixǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Happykinxīn / xin1 / xinhsin
Joyful
欢 / 歓
kanhuān / huan1 / huan
Joyfulness
Happiness
快樂
快乐
kai raku / kairakukuài lè / kuai4 le4 / kuai le / kuailek`uai le / kuaile / kuai le
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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