Satisfaction in Chinese / Japanese...

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zhī zú
Contentment Scroll

知足 means content with one's situation, or to know contentment (hence happiness).

From Zen Buddhist context, Chisoku or 知足 (knowing what’s enough) means to always know and be satisfied with one’s lot.

Human pain and suffering is born of greed, and that greed arises because we do not know what’s enough.

The Chinese philosopher, Menzi (372-289 BCE) said, “to nourish the mind, there is nothing better than to make the desires few”. This relays the idea that the best method to cultivate the mind is to have little desire.

Happiness / Contentment

mǎn zú
man zoku
Happiness / Contentment Scroll

滿足 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

ko fuku
Happiness / Contentment 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


Ikigai 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

ān pín lè dào
Better to be Happy than Rich Scroll

安貧樂道 means "It's better to be happy than rich" in Chinese.

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

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Contentment知足chisokuzhī zú / zhi1 zu2 / zhi zu / zhizuchih tsu / chihtsu
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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zhī zú
    zhi1 zu2
chih tsu
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content with one's situation; to know contentment (hence happiness)
(personal name) Tomotaru
Complete knowledge; satisfaction; be aware that one has had enough

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self-satisfaction; rejoicing; (female given name) Yoroko


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(n,vs,adj-no) congeniality; satisfaction; gratification; (place-name) Kaishin



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


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xǐ zú
    xi3 zu2
hsi tsu
(personal name) Kitaru


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kān néng
    kan1 neng2
k`an neng
    kan neng
(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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àn xǐ
    an4 xi3
an hsi
hidden smile; smirk; to rejoice covertly; secret satisfaction concerning one's evil plans


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běn wàng
    ben3 wang4
pen wang
 honmou / honmo
(noun or adjectival noun) long-cherished ambition; satisfaction; (female given name) Motomi
one's long-cherished desire


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(noun/participle) (usu. as ご満悦) great delight; great satisfaction; rapture


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(adj-na,n,vs) (1) satisfaction; contentment; complacency; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) sufficient; enough; adequate; proper; (personal name) Michitari



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mǎn yì
    man3 yi4
man i
satisfied; pleased; to one's satisfaction



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mǎn zú
    man3 zu2
man tsu
to satisfy; to meet (the needs of); satisfied; content
(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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gān xīn
    gan1 xin1
kan hsin
to be willing to; to resign oneself to
(noun/participle) satisfaction



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liú yǐn
    liu2 yin3
liu yin
 ryuuin / ryuin
edema (accumulation of interstitial fluids in internal organs); dropsy
(noun/participle) gloating; satisfaction


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zì dé
    zi4 de2
tzu te
contented; pleased with one's position
(noun/participle) (1) self-satisfaction; self-complacency; complacency; (noun/participle) (2) understanding (on one's own); realizing (through one's own ability); (noun/participle) (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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zì qiān
    zi4 qian1
tzu ch`ien
    tzu chien
modest; self-deprecating
(personal name) Jiken
self-satisfaction; self-satisfaction


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zì zú
    zi4 zu2
tzu tsu
self-sufficient; satisfied with oneself
(noun/participle) self-sufficiency; self-satisfaction


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 iiesu / iesu
(1) (See エントリーシート) job application form; (2) employee satisfaction


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 juusokukan / jusokukan
feeling of fullness; sense of sufficiency; feeling of satisfaction


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 omoumama / omomama
to one's heart's content or satisfaction


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feeling of a full stomach after a meal; satisfaction of having a full stomach


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(degree of) satisfaction


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feeling of satisfaction



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mǎn zú gǎn
    man3 zu2 gan3
man tsu kan
sense of satisfaction



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shēng sǐ yuán
    sheng1 si3 yuan2
sheng ssu yüan
 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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 jikoman; jikoman
    じこまん; ジコマン
(abbreviation) (slang) (See 自己満足) self-satisfaction; (self-)complacency


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(adv,adv-to,vs) with a complacent smile; with a smile of satisfaction


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(expression) (slang) (kana only) (expression of) satisfaction; achievement


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(abbreviation) (slang) self-satisfaction; (self-)complacency


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 sanpouyoshi / sanpoyoshi
    sanbouyoshi / sanboyoshi
(expression) everybody doing well (e.g. purchaser, buyer and society); three-way satisfaction; all three parties doing well

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