Writing Chinese Characters: Happiness (幸福)

Both of the Chinese characters 福 (fú) and 幸福 (xìngfú) mean “happiness.” (Image: Vision Times)
Both of the Chinese characters 福 (fú) and 幸福 (xìngfú) mean “happiness.” (Image: Vision Times)

Both of the Chinese characters 福 () and 幸福 (xìngfú) mean “happiness.”

Confucius said: “With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent hand for a pillow, I am happy (幸福).” He taught how happiness comes from simple things.

Children must associate with others so as to enhance their social skills. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Confucius taught how happiness comes from simple things. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Happiness is defined differently for people in different eras, but for people in Confucius’s lifetime, it meant being free from hunger. Hence, the component parts of the character 福 (fú) express the idea of a full stomach. The concept of “to fill” is represented on the right side of the character: The one “一,” the mouth “口,” and a cultivated field “田” represent “to fill.” The left side of the character represents unity with Heaven “示” — the source of abundance.

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