Happiness in Japanese is “shiawase.” For a long time, “shiawase” has meant transforming yourself to respond to your situation. I love this old definition of “shiawase” because this old definition appreciates all happenings and all bonds between us. People whom you dislike or people who hurt you are also included in your appreciation. And these days I think that it is so true.

People who hurt me and people whom I dislike also influence me as much as the people who love me and the people whom I love. Those experiences helped me to learn something good, and it is a part of me.

So, I feel that now I am “shiawase.” And it is a good state for me.