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  1. Happiness
  2. Joyfulness / Happiness
  3. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
  4. Double Happiness
  5. Pursuit of Happiness
  6. School of Happiness
  7. Love and Happiness
  8. Eternal Happiness
  9. Pursuit of Happiness
10. Prosperity and Happiness
11. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
12. Eternal Happiness
13. Happiness / Joy
14. School of Happiness
15. Peace, Love, Happiness
16. Happiness / Contentment
17. Peace, Love, Happiness
18. Happiness / Contentment
19. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
20. Seven Rules of Happiness
21. Double Happiness Guest Book
22. Doing good is the greatest source of happiness
23. Better to be Happy than Rich
24. Live Laugh Love
25. Live for What You Love
26. Live Laugh Love
27. Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

Happiness

China xìng fú
Japan koufuku
Happiness

幸福 is a general state of "happiness" which can also be translated as truly-blessed, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.

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

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

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)
China
Double Happiness

囍 is a common gift for Chinese couples getting married or newly married couples.

As we say in the west, "Two heads are better than one" Well, in the east, two "happinesses" are certainly better than one.

Some will suggest this is a symbol of two happinesses coming together. Others see it as a multiplication of happiness because of the union or marriage.

囍 is not really a character that is pronounced very often - it's almost exclusively used in written form. However, if pressed, most Chinese people will pronounce this "shuang xi" (double happy) although literally there are two "xi" characters combined in this calligraphy (but nobody will say "xi xi").

Double Happiness Portrait Red If you select this character, I strongly suggest the festive bright red paper for your calligraphy. Part of my suggestion comes from the fact that red is a good luck color in China, and this will add to the sentiment that you wish to convey with this scroll to the happy couple.


See Also:  Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness

Japan koufuku o motome te
Pursuit of Happiness

幸福を求めて is "Pursuit of Happiness" or "In Search of Happiness" in Japanese..

Here's how the characters break down:
幸福 (koufuku) happiness; blessedness; joy; well-being.
を (o) particle
求め (motome) to want; to seek; to pursue; to request
て (te) particle


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

School of Happiness

China xìng fú xué xiào
School of Happiness

幸福學校 means "School of Happiness" or "Happiness School" in Chinese.

幸福 means happiness, happy, blessed, blessedness, joy, and/or well-being.

學校 means school or college.

Love and Happiness

China xìng fú yǔ ài
Love and Happiness

幸福與愛 is "happiness and love" in Chinese.

There is a suggestion of "good fortune" in the version of happiness used here.

Eternal Happiness

Japan ei en no kou fuku
Eternal Happiness

永遠の幸福 means "eternal happiness" in Japanese.

永遠 means eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.

の is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "happiness, of the eternal kind."

幸福 means happiness, though this word can also be translated as truly blessed, joy, happy, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.

Pursuit of Happiness

China zhuī xún xìng fú
Pursuit of Happiness

追尋幸福 is the best way to translate the English phrase "pursuit of happiness" into Chinese.

The first two characters mean "to pursue," "to track down," or "to search for."

The last two mean happiness, happy, or blessed.


See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

Prosperity and Happiness

China fù lè
Japan furaku
Prosperity and Happiness

富樂 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for a title meaning prosperity and happiness.

If you have a desire to live in prosperity and happiness, this is for you.

Note: This title is often used in a Buddhist context.

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

China xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

This means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success." It's a great and very positive and inspirational wall scroll selection.


See Also:  Prosperity

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

Japan kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

This Japanese proverb means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  Prosperity

Eternal Happiness

China xìng fú yǒng héng
Eternal Happiness

幸福永恆 is a short way to say eternal happiness in Chinese.

Breaking down the parts:
幸福 means happiness, happy, blessed, blessedness, joy, and/or well-being.
永恆 means eternal, everlasting, and/or forever.

Another way to write this is 永恆的幸福. It reverses the word order and adds a possessive article. I prefer the shorter version, which is also a bit more natural in Chinese.

Happiness / Joy

China
Happiness / Joy

禧 is the type of happiness known in the west as "joy." The radical on the right side of this character is often seen alone (with the same meaning - and we do recommend that version because it's more universal).

School of Happiness

Japan koufuku no gakkou
School of Happiness

幸福の学校 means "School of Happiness" in Japanese.

幸福の學校 is not a common phrase in Japanese, but it will be understood.

Peace, Love, Happiness

Japan heiwa ai koufuku
Peace, Love, Happiness

This means "peace, love, happiness" in Japanese.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Japanese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

Happiness / Contentment

China mǎn zú
Japan man zoku
Happiness / Contentment

滿足 / 満足 is the kind of happiness that involves being satisfied and content.

This can also suggest the actions of "to satisfy," "to meet the needs of."

Other single-word definitions include: satisfaction; contentment; sufficient; enough; adequate; full; complete.


満In Japanese, the Kanji for this word is an alternate Chinese form. You can see and select this version at the right (recommended only if your audience is specifically Japanese).


See Also:  Satisfaction | Contentment | Pleasure | Well-Being

Peace, Love, Happiness

China hé píng bó ài xìng fú
Peace, Love, Happiness

This is a word-list that means, "peace, love, happiness," in Chinese.


Word lists like this are not commonly-seen in China. Phrases with subject, verb, and object, or just single words are more natural for calligraphy artwork.

Happiness / Contentment

Japan ko fuku
Happiness / Contentment

鼓腹 means happiness and contentment in Japanese Kanji.

The first Kanji represents your internal beat or drum.
The second Kanji represents your mind and body.
Together, it suggests that your internal rhythm or beat is regular, soothing, and at proper tempo.


See Also:  Satisfaction | Pleasure | Well-Being

Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

China xìng
Japan saki / sachi / rei / rē
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

幸 can mean happiness, good fortune, good luck, and in the old days, good harvest or bounty.

Note: From Japanese, this character is sometimes romanized as "sachi," and is often pronounced "kou" or sometimes "rei" when used in compound words with other Kanji.

Seven Rules of Happiness

Japan kou fuku no nana ka jou
Seven Rules of Happiness

This is the title for the 7 rules of happiness in Japanese. The rules themselves take up a lot of space:

1. 成功や栄誉や勝ち負けを目的に、ことを行ってはいけない。
2. しないではいられないことをし続けなさい。
3. 他人との比較ではない、あくまで自分の楽しさを追及すべし。
4. 好きの力を信じる。
5. 才能と収入は別、努力は人を裏切ると心得よ。
6. 怠け者になりなさい。
7. 目に見えない世界を信じる。

...so this title is probably all you need.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Katakana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding
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Double Happiness Guest Book

囍 is where to start customizing a "Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll."

The paper panel can be whatever you choose from 68cm to 135cm. If you don't mention what paper length you want in the special instructions tab (on the next page), we'll make it about 100cm (which with silk panels will yield a wall scroll about 155cm).

Most customers pick red paper with gold flakes, and white or ivory silk. But, you can do any color combination that you want.

Doing good is the greatest source of happiness

China wéi shàn zuì lè
Doing good is the greatest source of happiness

為善最樂 can be translated as, "Doing good is the greatest source of happiness," or "doing good deeds brings the greatest joy".

The origin is not known, sometimes used in the context of Buddhism. However, this Chinese proverb or philosophy is a fairly mainstream idea of benevolence.

Better to be Happy than Rich

China ān pín lè dào
Better to be Happy than Rich

Even if you are poor, you should still feel satisfied in your life...

...Satisfaction, happiness, and the meaning of your life come from within yourself and not from money or riches of the world.

In Chinese, there are a lot of four-character proverbs which express some very old philosophies.
Though there are only four characters on this scroll, in Chinese the meanings often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should not set your expectations too high for the amount to money or riches you wish to have. One who sets their expectations too high is almost always disappointed. Instead, you should cherish what you have, and seek to improve yourself from within, and not measure your personal worth by the size of your bank account.


See Also:  A Sly Rabbit Will Have Three Openings to Its Den

Live Laugh Love

Japan ai to warai no seikatsu
Live Laugh Love

Because a word list of "Live Laugh Love" is not natural in Japanese, this takes the concept and incorporates it into a proper phrase.

This can be translated as, "A life of love and laughter" or "Live life with love and laughter."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Live for What You Love

Japan jin sei ou ka
Live for What You Love

人生謳歌 means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living." The last two characters mean, "merit," "prosperity," or "what you enjoy." This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).


See Also:  Prosperity

Live Laugh Love

China xiào ài shēng huó
Live Laugh Love

In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:

The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).

The second character means love.

The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life."

Please note: 笑愛生活 is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.

We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love." It's a made-up word but it sounds good in Chinese.


We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.

In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar" but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.

Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

China
Japan raku
Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

樂 / 楽 is a single-character form of happiness or bliss that holds the ideas of laughing and having a good time. It can also be translated as happy, glad, enjoyable, fun, and sometimes, music.

This a really good character if your audience is Chinese.

樂 / 楽 is not a word seen alone very often in Korean.

楽In Japanese, this character is written like the image shown to the right. If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, it will look like this instead of the character shown above.
Note: In Japanese, this has a meaning of comfort, ease, and enjoyment.


See Also:  Joyfulness

Search for Happinese in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happiness幸福koufuku / kofukuxìng fú / xing4 fu2 / xing fu / xingfuhsing fu / hsingfu
Joyfulness
Happiness
快樂
快乐
kai raku / kairakukuài lè / kuai4 le4 / kuai le / kuailek`uai le / kuaile / kuai le
Happiness
Joyful
Joy
ki / yorokobixǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Double Happiness
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Pursuit of Happiness幸福を求めてkoufuku o motome te
koufukuomotomete
kofuku o motome te
kofukuomotomete
School of Happiness幸福學校
幸福学校
xìng fú xué xiào
xing4 fu2 xue2 xiao4
xing fu xue xiao
xingfuxuexiao
hsing fu hsüeh hsiao
hsingfuhsüehhsiao
Love and Happiness幸福與愛
幸福与爱
xìng fú yǔ ài
xing4 fu2 yu3 ai4
xing fu yu ai
xingfuyuai
hsing fu yü ai
hsingfuyüai
Eternal Happiness永遠の幸福ei en no kou fuku
eiennokoufuku
ei en no ko fuku
eiennokofuku
Pursuit of Happiness追尋幸福
追寻幸福
zhuī xún xìng fú
zhui1 xun2 xing4 fu2
zhui xun xing fu
zhuixunxingfu
chui hsün hsing fu
chuihsünhsingfu
Prosperity and Happiness富樂
富乐
furakufù lè / fu4 le4 / fu le / fule
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity幸福成功的一生xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
xing4 fu2 cheng2 gong1 de yi4 sheng1
xing fu cheng gong de yi sheng
xingfuchenggongdeyisheng
hsing fu ch`eng kung te i sheng
hsingfuchengkungteisheng
hsing fu cheng kung te i sheng
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity幸福と繁栄の人生kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
koufukutohaneinojinsei
ko fuku to ha nei no jin sei
kofukutohaneinojinsei
Eternal Happiness幸福永恆
幸福永恒
xìng fú yǒng héng
xing4 fu2 yong3 heng2
xing fu yong heng
xingfuyongheng
hsing fu yung heng
hsingfuyungheng
Happiness
Joy
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
School of Happiness幸福の學校
幸福の学校
koufuku no gakkou
koufukunogakkou
kofuku no gako
kofukunogako
Peace, Love, Happiness平和, 愛, 幸福heiwa ai koufuku
heiwaaikoufuku
heiwa ai kofuku
heiwaaikofuku
Happiness
Contentment
滿足 / 満足
满足
man zoku / manzokumǎn zú / man3 zu2 / man zu / manzuman tsu / mantsu
Peace, Love, Happiness和平博愛幸福
和平博爱幸福
hé píng bó ài xìng fú
he2 ping2 bo2 ai4 xing4 fu2
he ping bo ai xing fu
hepingboaixingfu
ho p`ing po ai hsing fu
hopingpoaihsingfu
ho ping po ai hsing fu
Happiness
Contentment
鼓腹ko fuku / kofuku
Happiness
Fortune
Lucky
saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng / xing4 / xinghsing
Seven Rules of Happiness幸福の七カ條
幸福の七カ条
kou fuku no nana ka jou
koufukunonanakajou
ko fuku no nana ka jo
kofukunonanakajo
Double Happiness Guest Book
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Doing good is the greatest source of happiness為善最樂
为善最乐
wéi shàn zuì lè
wei2 shan4 zui4 le4
wei shan zui le
weishanzuile
wei shan tsui le
weishantsuile
Better to be Happy than Rich安貧樂道
安贫乐道
ān pín lè dào
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an pin le dao
anpinledao
an p`in le tao
anpinletao
an pin le tao
Live Laugh Love愛と笑いの生活ai to warai no seikatsu
aitowarainoseikatsu
Live for What You Love人生謳歌jin sei ou ka
jinseiouka
jin sei o ka
jinseioka
Live Laugh Love笑愛生活
笑爱生活
xiào ài shēng huó
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiao ai sheng huo
xiaoaishenghuo
hsiao ai sheng huo
hsiaoaishenghuo
Happy
Laughter
Cheerful Bliss
樂 / 楽
rakulè / le4 / 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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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