Helen Russell takes a careful look at all the ways people around the world find to be happy. She features thirty of these methods in her book, The Atlas of Happiness: The Global Secrets of How to Be Happy.
In Japan, the word that sums up the way people find happiness is wabi-sabi.
What is wabi-sabi (pronounced "wah-be-sah-be")? From the book: 'The abandonment of all aesthetic ideals that demand "perfection," wabi-sabi is an appreciation of things the way they are; a reveling in the texture and complexity of real life and the beauty of imperfection." Yes, the beauty of imperfection.
We often think of naming our old house The Wabi-Sabi Cottage.
My drawings and paintings are wabi-sabi.
My baking, like these kolaches: wabi-sabi.
My favorite works of art, like this mural in Paris (l) and this quilt from the Houston International Quilt Show (r), are wabi-sabi.
My favorite photos, like this one of my granddaughter, Annie, and me, are wabi-sabi, I think.
Wabi-sabi. The happiness that comes from accepting life just as it is, flawed and beautiful.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! It was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion and is now hosted at Elza Reads.