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Happiness / Contentment

China mǎn zú
Japan man zoku
Happiness / Contentment Vertical Wall Scroll

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:  Contentment | Pleasure | Well-Being

Happiness / Contentment

Japan ko fuku
Happiness / Contentment Vertical Wall Scroll

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:  Pleasure | Well-Being


Japan ikigai
Ikigai Vertical Wall Scroll

生き甲斐 is a Japanese word that means something one lives for, a reason for being, purpose in life, or in French, raison d'etre.

Everyone has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Finding your Ikigai is the way to also finding satisfaction and meaning to life.

Your Ikigai could be almost anything. For some it is running for president, for others, the satisfaction found in raising children.

Ikigai is the reason you get up in the morning, the thing that brings meaning to your life, and pursuing your Ikigai makes life worthwhile.

Better to be Happy than Rich

China ān pín lè dào
Better to be Happy than Rich Vertical Wall Scroll

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

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Japanese etsu / えつ Japanese self-satisfaction; rejoicing; (female given name) Yoroko; (surname, female given name) Etsu; (female given name) Ayuka


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Japanese kaishin / かいしん Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) congeniality; satisfaction; gratification; (place-name) Kaishin



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Mandarin liǎng qīng / liang3 qing1
Taiwan liang ch`ing / liang ching
Chinese loan settled (business term); business complete to the satisfaction of both parties


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Mandarin kān néng / kan1 neng2
Taiwan k`an neng / kan neng
Japanese tannou / tanno / たんのう    kannou / kanno / かんのう
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (noun or adjectival noun) (1) proficient; skillful; (noun/participle) (2) enjoying; satisfaction; satiation; having one's fill (of); (noun or adjectival noun) (1) proficient; skillful; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) (Buddhist term) patience; perseverance; fortitude
Ability to bear, or undertake; capable


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Mandarin àn xǐ / an4 xi3
Taiwan an hsi
Chinese hidden smile; smirk; to rejoice covertly; secret satisfaction concerning one's evil plans


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Mandarin běn wàng / ben3 wang4
Taiwan pen wang
Japanese honmou / honmo / ほんもう
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) long-cherished ambition; satisfaction; (female given name) Motomi; (surname) Honmou
one's long-cherished desire


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Japanese manzoku / まんぞく Japanese (adj-na,n,vs) (1) satisfaction; contentment; complacency; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) sufficient; enough; adequate; proper; (personal name) Michitari; (surname) Manzoku; (surname) Mansoku



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Mandarin mǎn yì / man3 yi4
Taiwan man i
Chinese satisfied; pleased; to one's satisfaction



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Mandarin mǎn zú / man3 zu2
Taiwan man tsu
Japanese manzoku / まんぞく
Chinese to satisfy; to meet (the needs of); satisfied; content
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (adj-na,n,vs) (1) satisfaction; contentment; complacency; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) sufficient; enough; adequate; proper
Full, complete; fulfillment


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Mandarin gān xīn / gan1 xin1
Taiwan kan hsin
Japanese kanshin / かんしん
Chinese to be willing to; to resign oneself to
Japanese (noun/participle) satisfaction



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Mandarin liú yǐn / liu2 yin3
Taiwan liu yin
Japanese ryuuin / ryuin / りゅういん
Chinese edema (accumulation of interstitial fluids in internal organs); dropsy
Japanese (noun/participle) gloating; satisfaction


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Mandarin zhī zú / zhi1 zu2
Taiwan chih tsu
Japanese tomotaru / ともたる    tomotari / ともたり    chitaru / ちたる    chisoku / ちそく
Chinese content with one's situation; to know contentment (hence happiness)
Japanese (personal name) Tomotaru; (surname, given name) Tomotari; (given name) Chitaru; (g,p) Chisoku
Complete knowledge; satisfaction; be aware that one has had enough


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Mandarin zì dé / zi4 de2
Taiwan tzu te
Japanese jitoku / じとく
Chinese contented; pleased with one's position
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) self-satisfaction; self-complacency; complacency; (2) understanding (on one's own); realizing (through one's own ability); (3) (See 自業自得・じごうじとく) being paid back for one's deeds; (given name) Jitoku


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Mandarin zì zú / zi4 zu2
Taiwan tzu tsu
Japanese jisoku / じそく
Chinese self-sufficient; satisfied with oneself
Japanese (noun/participle) self-sufficiency; self-satisfaction


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Japanese juusokukan / jusokukan / じゅうそくかん Japanese feeling of fullness; sense of sufficiency; feeling of satisfaction


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Japanese omoumama / omomama / おもうまま Japanese to one's heart's content or satisfaction


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Japanese manpukukan / まんぷくかん Japanese feeling of a full stomach after a meal; satisfaction of having a full stomach


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Japanese manzokudo / まんぞくど Japanese (degree of) satisfaction


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Japanese manzokukan / まんぞくかん Japanese feeling of satisfaction



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Mandarin mǎn zú gǎn / man3 zu2 gan3
Taiwan man tsu kan
Chinese sense of satisfaction



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Mandarin shēng sǐ yuán / sheng1 si3 yuan2
Taiwan sheng ssu yüan
Japanese shōji en
The garden of life-and-death. This mortal world in which the unenlightened find their satisfaction; garden of birth and death


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Japanese jikoman;jikoman / じこまん;ジコマン Japanese (abbreviation) (slang) (See 自己満足) self-satisfaction; (self-)complacency


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Japanese ninmari / にんまり Japanese (adv,adv-to,vs) with a complacent smile; with a smile of satisfaction


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Japanese kitakore / キタコレ Japanese (expression) (slang) (kana only) (expression of) satisfaction; achievement


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Japanese jikoman / ジコマン Japanese (abbreviation) (slang) self-satisfaction; (self-)complacency


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Japanese sanpouyoshi / sanpoyoshi / さんぽうよし    sanbouyoshi / sanboyoshi / さんぼうよし Japanese (expression) everybody doing well (e.g. purchaser, buyer and society); three-way satisfaction; all three parties doing well


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Japanese sanpouyoshi / sanpoyoshi / さんぽうよし    sanbouyoshi / sanboyoshi / さんぼうよし Japanese (expression) everybody doing well (e.g. purchaser, buyer and society); three-way satisfaction; all three parties doing well


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Japanese daishoumanzoku / daishomanzoku / だいしょうまんぞく Japanese vicarious satisfaction


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Japanese daibutsubensai / だいぶつべんさい Japanese {law} payment in substitutes; accord and satisfaction; substitute performance


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Japanese happouenman / happoenman / はっぽうえんまん Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (yoji) to the satisfaction of all parties; all sides being happy and satisfied

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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
滿足 / 満足
man zoku / manzokumǎn zú / man3 zu2 / man zu / manzuman tsu / mantsu
鼓腹ko fuku / kofuku
Better to be Happy than Rich安貧樂道
ān pín lè dào
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an pin le dao
an p`in le tao
an pin le tao
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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