What Makes you Happy?


What does this word mean to you?

When I am in Japan, I feel somewhat differently from when I am in North America. Maybe direct translation might not be too accurate as we have actually several words for different types of happiness. In general, it is not only the joy and pleasure of the moment, but also implies the existence of both the past when there were challenges and the future when everything changes.  In the moment of Japanese happiness, we savor the present moment of sweetness and light at the same time that we also embrace the bitterness and shadow of the past and future. At least to me, that is my personal observation and experience as a Japanese person and this fact makes me curious and appreciate my own heritage.

The other day, thanks to my dear friend, we watched a movie called

Happy 🙂

This movie portraits what makes us happy and why from various angles including biophysiology, psychology, spirituality, culturally, and socially. According to this movie, there are 5 factors to our state of being “Happy”;

  1. Play
  2. New experiences
  3. Appreciating what we have
  4. Doing things that are meaningful
  5. Friends & families

What do you think?

At the end, it also concluded that the state of being happy is so unique to each individual so that no one can have right answers for everyone, but for oneself.

Being authentic self

When we can truly savor that state, that can be ultimately the most happy moment that we can achieve. In that moment, aren’t we embracing our inner beauties – unique experiences, talents, and passion? (and more?)

I will finish today with my wish for all of us to be filled with more happiness!

With love, hope and gratitude from my heart,


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