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  1. Happy
  2. Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
  3. Happy Laughter
  4. Double Happiness
  5. Better to be Happy than Rich
  6. Pursuit of Happiness
  7. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
  8. Joyfulness / Happiness
  9. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
10. Happiness / Contentment
11. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
12. Happiness
13. Optimism / Happy With Your Fate
14. 100 Years of Happy Marriage
15. Happy Family
16. Serendipity / Happy Coincidence
17. Be Happy
18. Happy New Year
19. Happy Buddha
20. Joyful
21. Pleasure
22. Prosperity and Happiness
23. Love and Happiness
24. Happiness in the Afterlife
25. Seven Rules of Happiness
26. Happiness / Joy
27. Live Laugh Love
28. Live for What You Love
29. You must endure a harsh winter...


Happy

China xīn
Japan kin
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This 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. This 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: This character 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

Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

China
Japan raku
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This 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.

This 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

Happy Laughter

China huān xiào
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This can be literally translated as "happy laughter". The first character means "happy" or "happiness" and the second means "laugh" or "laughter".

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)
China
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This 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.

This 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

Better to be Happy than Rich

China ān pín lè dào
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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 surpasses 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

Pursuit of Happiness

China zhuī xún xìng fú
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The first two characters mean "to pursue", "to track down", or "to search for".

The last two mean happiness, happy, or blessed.

This is the best way to translate the English phrase "pursuit of happiness" into Chinese.


See Also...  Follow Your Dreams

Pursuit of Happiness

Japanese only
Japan koufuku o motome te
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This 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


See Also...  Follow Your Dreams

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

China xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
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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

Japanese
Japan kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
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This Japanese proverb means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success".


See Also...  Prosperity

Joyfulness / Happiness

China kuài lè
Japan kai raku
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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.

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

This character can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in". Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in 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

Happiness / Contentment

Japanese
Japan ko fuku
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This 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 / Contentment

China mǎn zú
Japan man zoku
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This 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

Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

China xìng
Japan saki / sachi / rei / rē
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This 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.

Happiness

China xìng fú
Japan koufuku
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This is a general state of "happiness" which can also be translated as truly-blessed, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.

Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

China lè tiān
Japan raku ten
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This word is hard to define. One dictionary defines this as, "acceptance of fate and happy about it". There is one rare English word equivalent which is sanguinity or sanguinary.

You can also say that this means, "Be happy with whatever Heaven provides", or "Find happiness in whatever fate Heaven bestows upon you". This is kind of a way to suggest being an optimist in life.

Note: This is sometimes used as a given name in China.


楽 Please note that Japanese tend to write the first character in a slightly-different form (as seen to the right). Let us know if you have a preference when you place your order.

100 Years of Happy Marriage

China bǎi nián hǎo hé
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This is a wish or greeting, often heard at Chinese weddings, for a couple to have 100 good years together.

Some will translate this more naturally into English as: "May you live a long and happy life together".

The character breakdown:
百 = 100
年 = Years
好 = Good (Happy)
合 = Together

Happy Family

Chinese
China hé xié zhī jiā
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This means, "harmonious family" or "happy family" in Chinese.

The first two characters relay the idea of happiness and harmony.
The third character is a connecting or possessive article (connects harmony/happiness to family).
The last character means family, but can also mean home or household.

Happy Family

Japanese only
Japan nago ya ka na ka tei
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This means "happy family" or "harmonious family" in Japanese. The first three Kanji create a word that means mild, calm, gentle, quiet, or harmonious. After that is a connecting article. The last two Kanji mean family, home, or household.

Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

Japanese only
Japan shiawa se na guu zen
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This is one of many ways to express serendipity in Japanese.

The first two characters mean happiness, good fortune, luck, or blessing.

In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

Be Happy

Japanese only
Japan Shiawa se de a ru
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This is a way to express the idea, "be happy" in Japanese.

Japanese grammar is far different than English, so the word order is kind of the opposite of English. If you translated directly, you'd have something like, "Happiness hence forth", or "Happiness hereafter". Basically the idea is to be happy from this moment on.

Happy New Year

China xīn nián kuài lè
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If you want to wish someone a happy new year this is the way. You can hang this up during western New Years (Dec 31st - Jan 1st) and keep it up until after Chinese New Years which happens in either January or February of each year (it changes from year to year because China uses a lunar calendar).

Happy Buddha

Buddha of Joyful Light
China huān xǐ guāng fó
Japan kan gi kou butsu
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This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. This is Amitābha from Sanskrit, but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.

Joyful

China huān
Japan kan
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This is yet another way to express the idea of happiness. This character means joyous, happy, delight, and pleased. This is an external happiness that may have you clapping and cheering.


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

歓The above left Kanji is the ancient/old version in Japan. After WWII, they started using the version shown at the right. Just let us know if you want this modern version instead of the ancient one.


See Also...  Happiness

Pleasure

China
Japan yu
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This character can be defined as pleasure, well-pleased, contented, and happy.

Note: This character is no longer in common use in Japanese.


See Also...  Passion

Prosperity and Happiness

China fù lè
Japan furaku
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This 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 Buddhist context.

Love and Happiness

China xìng fú yǔ ài
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This is "happiness and love" in Chinese.

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

Happiness in the Afterlife

China míng fú
Japan mei fuku
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This unusual Chinese, Japanese, and Korean term means afterlife happiness, happiness in the next world, or the happiness of the dead.

Seven Rules of Happiness

Japan kou fuku no nana ka jou
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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.

Happiness / Joy

China
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This 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).

Live Laugh Love

China xiào ài shēng huó
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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: This 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.

Live Laugh Love

Japanese only
Japan ai to warai no seikatsu
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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".

Live for What You Love

Japanese
Japan jin sei ou ka
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This 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

You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime

You must know hardship to appreciate happiness
China bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
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This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.

There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain "light" if you did not have "darkness" to compare it to?

Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.


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As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
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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

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happy
kinxīn
xin
hsin
xin1
Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
樂 / 楽
raku
le
le4
Happy Laughter欢笑
歡笑
n/ahuān xiào
huan xiao
huan hsiao
huan1 xiao4
huanxiao
Double Happiness喜喜
n/a
xi
hsi
xi3
Better to be Happy than Rich安贫乐道
安貧樂道
n/aān pín lè dào
an pin le dao
an p`in le tao
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
anpinledao
anpinletao
an pin le tao
Pursuit of Happiness追寻幸福
追尋幸福
n/azhuī xún xìng fú
zhui xun xing fu
chui hsün hsing fu
zhui1 xun2 xing4 fu2
zhuixunxingfu
Pursuit of Happiness幸福を求めて
幸福を求めて
koufuku o motome te
koufukuomotomete
kofuku o motome te
n/a
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity幸福成功的一生
幸福成功的一生
n/axìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
xing fu cheng gong de yi sheng
hsing fu ch`eng kung te i sheng
xing4 fu2 cheng2 gong1 de yi4 sheng1
xingfuchenggongdeyisheng
hsingfuchengkungteisheng
hsing fu cheng kung te i sheng
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity幸福と繁栄の人生
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
n/a
Joyfulness / Happiness快乐
快樂
kai raku
kairaku
kuài lè
kuai le
k`uai le
kuai4 le4
kuaile
kuaile
kuai le
Happiness / Joyful / Joy
ki / yorokobi
xi
hsi
xi3
Happiness / Contentment鼓腹
鼓腹
ko fuku
kofuku
n/a
Happiness / Contentment满足
滿足 / 満足
man zoku
manzoku
mǎn zú
man zu
man tsu
man3 zu2
manzu
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng
xing
hsing
xing4
Happiness幸福
幸福
koufuku
kofuku
xìng fú
xing fu
hsing fu
xing4 fu2
xingfu
Optimism / Happy With Your Fate乐天
樂天 / 楽天
raku ten
rakuten
lè tiān
le tian
le t`ien
le4 tian1
letian
letien
le tien
100 Years of Happy Marriage百年好合
百年好合
n/abǎi nián hǎo hé
bai nian hao he
pai nien hao ho
bai3 nian2 hao3 he2
bainianhaohe
Happy Family和谐之家
和諧之家
n/ahé xié zhī jiā
he xie zhi jia
ho hsieh chih chia
he2 xie2 zhi1 jia1
hexiezhijia
Happy Family和やかな家庭
和やかな家庭
nago ya ka na ka tei
nagoyakanakatei
n/a
Serendipity / Happy Coincidence幸せな偶然
幸せな偶然
shiawa se na guu zen
shiawasenaguuzen
shiawa se na gu zen
n/a
Be Happy幸せである
幸せである
Shiawa se de a ru
Shiawasedearu
n/a
Happy New Year新年快乐
新年快樂
n/axīn nián kuài lè
xin nian kuai le
hsin nien k`uai le
xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
xinniankuaile
hsinnienkuaile
hsin nien kuai le
Happy Buddha欢喜光佛
歡喜光佛
kan gi kou butsu
kangikoubutsu
kan gi ko butsu
huān xǐ guāng fó
huan xi guang fo
huan hsi kuang fo
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huanxiguangfo
Joyful欢 / 歓
kanhuān
huan
huan1
Pleasure
yu
yu
yu2
Prosperity and Happiness富乐
富樂
furakufù lè
fu le
fu4 le4
fule
Love and Happiness幸福与爱
幸福與愛
n/axìng fú yǔ ài
xing fu yu ai
hsing fu yü ai
xing4 fu2 yu3 ai4
xingfuyuai
Happiness in the Afterlife冥福
冥福
mei fuku
meifuku
míng fú
ming fu
ming2 fu2
mingfu
Seven Rules of Happiness幸福の七カ条
幸福の七カ條
kou fuku no nana ka jou
koufukunonanakajou
ko fuku no nana ka jo
n/a
Happiness / Joy
n/a
xi
hsi
xi3
Live Laugh Love笑爱生活
笑愛生活
n/axiào ài shēng huó
xiao ai sheng huo
hsiao ai sheng huo
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiaoaishenghuo
Live Laugh Love愛と笑いの生活
愛と笑いの生活
ai to warai no seikatsu
aitowarainoseikatsu
n/a
Live for What You Love人生謳歌
人生謳歌
jin sei ou ka
jinseiouka
jin sei o ka
n/a
You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime
不经冬寒不知春暖
不經冬寒不知春暖
n/abù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan

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