Happiness is…

Happiness is… is what? It’s an intimidating title for me to write about. Luckily, I’ve got materials. 😼

I found a desktop calendar in Rome a few years ago.
Each page starts with “Happiness is …”, following with a heart-warming drawing and a simple phrase as the answer.
It’s all the small things that we tend to forget.
It’s in every corner of everyday life.

finding money in jeans you haven't worn in a while


I remember I was exhausted and frustrated at work around that time. So were the people in the team I believe. I started to take a photo of the “happiness” calendar and share the photo in the team Slack channel every morning. Gradually, people started to look forward to my post and reacted with many kinds of smiley emojis. We were all reminded of how life could be as simple as that.

a no-boss day at work

Back to 2019. My end-of-year Danshari led me to this outdated “happiness” calendar. When you put the two words together - /outdated calendar/ - I can’t think of any stuff that’s less useful than that. But the wisdom of happiness is still worth keeping.

So I went through the 300+ pages and picked some of my favorites, took a photo (nope; many photos), wrote them down to my notebook, said thank you and let it go.

As it helped me went through a tough time, now I’m sharing these with you and hope they’d brighten your day.

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Happiness is… typing the last few words.
Truth. 😎

March 20, 2020

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Qihuan Piao

Qihuan Piao

(aka kinopyo) is Chinese based in Tokyo. Software writer. He shares stories inspired him in this blog. His infamous line - "I feel calm when I kill those monsters, or people (in game)" shocks his friends deeply.
He also writes in Japanese and Chinese.