It is absolutely fantastic to see friends and family again - especially in this time of year where people are relaxed & happy and the weather is beautiful.
I recently had the pleasure to spend some days with my two lovely and very energetic nephews. Being with them made me realize how excited they are about even the smallest things they discover around them. How excited they are about life and how it sometimes seems that they see a lot of things as small miracles.
It's really sad how we as adults have a tendency to forget the small miracles in life. (Oh I said it, I'm an adult now...)
We get caught up in everyday life, work, worries, plans or whatever it is and forget. Forget the excitement over the first butterfly in spring, the excitement over a big green open field that just calls for a run or a fountain perfect for a little watersplashing. And it is just not right.
I believe that's why it is so crucial to get out of our everyday-life setting and routine. We need a break in order to look at things from the distance and from a "fresh" perspective. We need a get-away so that we can remember our dreams, build new ones and believe that regardless of our current situation anything can still happen in this life. That's why it is so magical.
It reminds me of Walt Disney's famous words: Never stop dreaming
Maybe that's exactly what make us stay young, alive, happy and excited: our dreams, hopes and imagination.
This summer I will try to dream more. And even when I'm not with my nephews I want to play in the field, practice my headstands everywhere and remember to appreciate and be excited about the small miracles I'm surrounded by here in summerly Denmark
If your heart takes you back to summer in Denmark, happiness must truly be to follow it.
I find that when I live abroad and have my everyday life so far away from my family and friends it is crucial to have a date set for when we will see each other again. Since I came back to Shanghai in February it's been my plan to go back home for Danish summer time. Such a good plan!
After a busy semester in Shanghai where pace of life never seems to slow down it feels absolutely amazing to be here. Whether in Copenhagen, on the country side or on a tiny idyllic island, summer in Denmark is truly magical.
Being here under such ideal condition is a great opportunity for me to look back on the last semester in Shanghai and consider things from a distance. I find that daily life is so much easier to evaluate and consider when you leave it. From a distance I can se things from a different perspective, get a better overview and thereby consider changes I wish to make or goals I wish to pursue in the forthcoming future.
I believe that we should always make our plans for the future on a sunny day, preferably after a walk, a swim or a run in nature. It makes all the difference
Some things just never seem to change. One of them is the next stop on my Europe trip which is also one of my previous homes back when I was a student at Regent's College in Good Old London.
Being back here among the famous London sights as well as visiting my old neighborhood, my local study cafe and my favorite vegan restaurant really made me realize how little "my London" has changed in the last decade. It's pretty fascinating because when I think about it it seems like "my Shanghai" changes every day.
Shanghai and it's urban landscape has changed rapidly over the last 20 years and is still continuously changing every single day. When living in Shanghai I feel and see the changes on both a small and a larger scale. On the larger scale I can follow the rapid rise of the Shanghai Tower which is expected to open to the public next year after just 6 years of construction. With it's 632m it will be the 2nd tallest building in the world. At least for a while.
On the smaller scale it literally means that on a Monday I live next to a shop selling socks in aaaall colors and shapes. Tuesday it's gone and builders are tearing bricks down. Wednesday they are building something new and by Thursday I'm being welcomed by a nice Hong Kong couple and offered a 15% neighbor discount at their brand new burger Restaurant.
Shanghai and China is developing with the speed of light. It is exciting and a bit worrying as it somehow seems out of control. Then again don't they say that everything is controlled in China? The daily level of pollution makes me doubt it but hopefully for the Chinese people (and for the rest of the planet) this will soon be under control to.
Worries aside for the present moment where it is so lovely to be back in good old London where the sky is blue even on a cloudy day and where every part of the city takes me down memory lane.
My first stop in Europe was Stamford in the UK where I went to see my family and to attend my beautiful cousin Cathrine Ann's wedding. Coming straight from Shanghai, Stamford seems like the oldest and most charming city in the world. Perhaps it is. Such amazing setting for such a perfect wedding
Exams at Jiao Tong are over and I'm off to Europe. For a month or maybe two. Denmark and Europe is absolutely amazing in the summer months and I feel so privileged to be able to go back to Europe with an open ticket and not leave until I feel ready.
I can't wait for blue sky, fresh air, long summer nights and especially friends & family - I have a new little niece waiting and I heard she's like a little summer miracle.
Moganshan is probably my no. 1 favorite destination for a weekend get-away out of Shanghai.
It is easy: just a 2 hours train ride from SH Hongqiao Station to Deqing (德清) and a 40 min car drive from Deqing to the mountain. Most hotels and guesthouses in Moganshan can arrange pick ups at reasonable prices
It is the opposite of Shanghai: quiet, green, fresh, clean & beeeeeautiful (ok Shanghai is also pretty beautiful in its own way but Moganshan beauty is of another kind)
It is super "laowai" friendly: Moganshan offers a very local Chinese experience but at the same time most hotels and guesthouses serves lattes and Western breakfasts. The best of two worlds
With the skies of Italy, Japanease greenery and the splendour of the Rocky Mountains Moganshan is a picturesque mountain covered in bamboo and pines. You can find hotels and guesthouses in all price ranges which all get pretty busy in weekends - especially in summer time where a trip to Moganshan is the perfect way to escape the Shanghai heat.
This weekend we went for our second trip to Moganshan. The weather forecast said rain so we packed books, hiking shoes & redwine and prepared us for a quiet cozy weekend away from Shanghai's busyness surrounded by nature.
The last month I've been allocating an extra amount of my time to my Chinese studies in order to be ready for next week's exams at Jiao Tong University. My first semester has gone so fast which is both super exciting and super terrifying!
Besides studying I have probably spent 75% of my time the last month thinking about the future. Oh my happy succesfull future. I have been trying to decide whether I want to sign up for another semester at Jiao Tong University, sign up for a private school with smaller classes or focus 100 % on private tuition which can easily be combined with a job - if that's what I want to look for here in Shanghai. Is it? It is, right?
I find it really difficult to figure out what would be best for me and my future. To focus 100% on the Chinese studies another or two semesters. Or combine my full-time studying with a job and thereby add to my work experience in China. I find it even more difficult to figure out what I deep inside feel like doing - "what my passion is" so to speak. Suddenly I feel like I'm back in the last year of my bachelor degree at Copenhagen Business School, where I was trying to figure out which Master's to enroll to - what my passion was and what would benefit my career in the long run.
After spending weeks on considerations, conversations and small frustrations I currently find myself looking through the professional career advise that helped me a lot through my University time in London, Copenhagen and New York.
So I thought this time I wanted to share this excellent piece of advice.
With his surprising ways to look at things in different perspectives Daniel Pink is my favorite guru on career, motivation and modern life in general. He is the author of great books, articles and posts and you can explore them through his website. One of his publications is what he calls "The last Career Guide You'll Ever Need" and to convey this guide in a simple and easy-readable way it is introduced in an entertaining cartoon form:
"Meet Johnny Bunko. He’s probably a lot like you. He did what everybody – parents, teachers, counselors — told him to do. But now, stuck at a dead-end job, he’s begun to suspect that what he thought he knew is just plain wrong. One bizarre night, Johnny meets Diana, the unlikeliest career advisor he’s ever seen. Part Cameron Diaz, part Barbara Eden, she reveals to Johnny the six essential lessons for thriving in the world of work."
In this book Pink conveys six basic principles about the world of work which I believe anyone at any level of their career can use in one way or the other. His six take-away messages for readers are:
- There is no plan.
- Think strengths, not weaknesses.
- It’s not about you.
- Persistence trumps talent.
- Make excellent mistakes.
- Leave an imprint.
Obviosuly each of these principles need to be elaborated upon which is done in his book. If you have time you should read it. Or alternatively I suggest that you make it easy for yourself and look through Garr Reynolds funny slideshow where he conveys Pink's messages in an entertaining and fun way. 10 minutes of your time which I promise you won't regret. Find the slideshow here.
One of the most exciting things about living in Shanghai is the continuously exploration of all the spots and places that just seem to pop up every week. It is amazing what you can find here and what the city's creative inhabitants come up with.
This weekend we were invited to Richard's birthday at Cages indoor athletic club in Jingan. Beside from practicing your baseball -, softball-, pingpong- and dart skills you can chill in the bar with a cocktail and a burrito, watch sports and drink beer, share a mexican salad snack and nachos with your friends before taking another round of hits. Before you know of it there is a party going on including sports, food, beer & fun. Our Saturday turned out to be such a fun and different night out in the city. And that's what it is all about: exploring, trying, seeing and doing something new
With its small alleyways and hidden spots the old Tianzifang district in Shanghai is such a charming place to visit. It was originally built in the 1930s as a residential area but is now comprised by all sorts of craft stores, souvenir vendors, lots of cafes, restaurants and bars. If one is into architecture Tianzifang is known as an example of the famous Shikumen style (stone-framed doorways).
I always take my visitors here as it is a sweet and popular tourist spot. Today I went to buy a wedding gift to take back to Europe for a wedding this summer - Tianzifang is great for getting good quality souvenirs and handy crafts or if you simply can't be bothered fighting with the vendors at Shanghai's fake markets.
6.30 in Fuxing Park. The locals are early birds and already up dancing, playing, jogging, doing tai chi, chatting, playing mahjong or just hanging out with each other this lovely Wednesday morning. This guy is writing characters with water or maybe oil. I'm not sure. And I can only read the nearest character: jiu which means 9. I better run back home and prepare for today's Chinese class
It is so amazing to be blessed with the opportunity to see something new every week and I just can't get enough of exploring this fascinating and diverse country. This weekend my destination was Chongming island.
The purpose of this weekend-get-away was to celebrate Leon's birthday and I had planned it as a surprise for him with Jeff and Nancy - a friend couple of ours. Jeff grew up on Chongming - one of China's biggest islands which is located only 2 hours driving from Shanghai.
This weekend all four of us went on this little road-trip we talk a lot about doing every time we meet up in the city for dinner or drinks: driving to and around on Chongming island to see Jeff's childhood places and to explore Chongming island's local secrets. I planned and coordinated the surprise for Leon and Jeff & Nancy did all the island planning.
With the fresh beautiful weekend weather and the island's flat countryside, windmills, massive green parks, bikes, animals and empty streets being in Chongming reminded me a little bit of being back home in Denmark. I almost got a little home-sick which is not too bad as I am going back home in less than three weeks!!!
We had such a good green weekend and it is incredible to travel with some locals and get all the inside information and a feel of the culture in an areas, thus not just being tourists exploring Lonely Planet's must-sees. I had the same experience last weekend in Chengdu, where my Chinese friend Carlos showed my not only Chengdu city's must-sees but also his Chengdu.
My best advise to anyone who wish to see, explore and do something beyond the "normal" sightseeing: get tips, learn from or even travel with you local friends and acquaintances.
From Leshan and the Giant Buddha I continued to Emei city and the buddhist mountain Emeishan or Mount Emei. China has four buddhist mountains whereas Emeishan is the tallest with its 3000 meters. They say you can easily spend three days if you wish to hike to the top. Alternatively there is plenty of options to catch buses or cable cars some of the way if you like me only have 1-2 days. On Emeishan you can experience wild monkeys (I saw a few), the most picturesque views and nature at it's best.
I took a bus most of the way up (1.5 h) and then hiked the last 2 hours. The sight that met me when I reached the top in the afternoon was absolutely stunning!
During the ride to the top the sky was continuously hazy, the mountain was covered in a blanket of mist and the temperature kept falling. During the last 30 minutes of the ascent it literally felt like being IN the clouds and suddenly I reached the Golden Summit on the top of Emeishan where the sky was as blue as the Danish summer sky, the sun was shining so bright and strong that I felt my cheeks burning after 15 minutes and the view was the most beautiful I've seen in China so far.
My next stop was the city Leshan only to see the Giant Buddha which since 1996 has been included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites. It is the world's largest buddha - with 71 meters in height, over 8 meters long fingers, a 9-meter-wide instep where one hundred people can sit and a 24 meter-wide shoulder which is large enough to be a basketball playground! Stunning.
This information was surely enough for me to crave a a visit. I later learned that it was initiated by a monk called Hai Tong in 713 and finished not until 90 years after. It was built due to Hai Tong's concern for the hard-working and suffering people who lived around the river. By building the buddha he and others believed the nature of the river could be better controlled to benefit the people.
I was warned not to visit in weekend and especially not in holidays...With a positive and open mind I left Chengdu taking the first possible bus on Sunday morning in middle of the Dragon Boat holiday. From LeShan station you can catch a taxi (RMB 30-40) or be adventurous and catch bus no 3 or 13. Guess what I did..
Me and a nice French couple I met on the bus from Leshan took bus no. 13 and while the bus ride itself was fine it did take us almost 40 minutes because of all the stops. To safe time I would recommend to take a taxi and maybe try to bargain the price if it seems unreasonable.
It was a good, crowded and rather quick visit. It took me around 30 min very crowded hike/walk or walk to reach the buddha after entering the Unesco heritage site. You pay around RMB 100 to enter or RMB 50 if you are a student with a Chinese student card. It does say no adults student but I managed to convince them. I skipped the walk down to the Buddhas feet as that would have taken 2-3 hours of queuing with hundreds of happy, curious Chinese tourists. Instead I went to the other site and easily found a spot to take photos of the Buddha's head. Another option is to catch a boat from the outside and get 3-5 minutes of time to take a photo of the buddha when sailing by.
I was so happy I went, The Giant Buddha is worth even a short and very crowded visit!
My little Dragon Boat festival travel adventure started Saturday morning with a 3.5 hour flight from Shanghai to Chengdu. Here I had planned to spend only one day including a panda tour. Ambitious but doable with a pair of nike free and lots of energy!
My Chinese friend Carlos picked me up in the airport and we went straight to Chengdu Panda Base to explore China's sacred and favorite animal - the Panda. I was so excited! The park is really impressive - very green, a lot to see, read and do but unfortunately midday in summer is probably the worst time to visit this lazy animal. It took us a while to actually find the REAL pandas and they were really really really tired. Still soooo cute so I forgave them for their laziness. I heard the best time is to come in the morning where they are fed and therefore a bit more energetic or maybe during winter season where I hear they run, jump & play. To look on the bright side Chengdu Panda Base let the pandas do what they want. Thus they are not forced to entertain panda-obsessed tourists like myself.
Straight from Pandas to the city center and the charming Jinli street where one can find old buildings, traditional architecture, souvenirs, lots of local snacks and this weekend: loooots of Chinese tourists. After some local snacks and an ice coffee at a very unique Starbucks we went to Tianfu Square which is known for the 30 m tall Mao Zedong statue. Hereafter to Chunxi Road shopping district which have an impressive range of brands, shops and malls.
We finished the day with the most spicy Sichuan hot pot which is a must-do must-try. It was even too spicy for Carlos and I learned that if that is the case when you eat out in China you simply just ask the waiter for cold soy milk and bean porridge which relief the burn from Sichuan-chilis.
(Zao shui, zao qi, shenti hao! / Early to bed, early rise, good health)
is an old Chinese saying and one that I had to follow as I was planning to catch the first bus to LeShan on Sunday morning. Here the Giant Buddha was awaiting me
This year June 2nd was Dragon Boat festival. Traditionally Dragon Boat festival in Shanghai means eating sticky rice, drinking special wine and racing dragon boats. I've been asking my Chinese friends and teachers but most of them was just looking forward to having Monday off and thus a long weekend.
I knew I wanted to use this opportunity to do a trip - get out of the city, see something different and explore something I hadn't explored before. It was not until two days before the weekend began that I decided: I was going to travel to Sichuan - a province in the South-western part of China just East of Tibet. Its 30 hours from Shanghai by bus, around 3 hours by plane and soon it is possible to reach with high speed train within 12 hours. The province is especially known for very spicy food and it's capital Chengdu.
On the day where I booked my ticket I was doing research on where to go. I suddenly received an email from a Chinese guy who worked as my assistant when I just arrived in China in 2012, in which he asked about my well-being and if I was still in China. He further informed me he had left Shanghai and was now back in his hometown Chengdu so if I ever got a chance to visit he would be more than happy to show me around.
Chengdu was on my long to-go list. A bustling city known for pandas, spicy Sichuan food and some great buddhist sights nearby for example Emeishan - the highest of China's four buddhist mountains and a perfect destination for a hike. I quickly did some reserach/travel planning and concluded that it would be possible for me to combine a panda visit, sightseeing in Chengdu, visiting buddhist sights and doing a small hike in my three days off.
I booked the ticket shortly after and told my Chinese friend Carlos in Chengdu about my plans.
Sometimes i like to believe that there is a reason for the things that happens. Not that everything happens for a reason and we just passively have to accept. But I believe that life will create opportunities for you and you just need to grab them. Everything that happens to you and everyone that crosses your path can lead to something else and someone else if you just embrace what life throws at you. Opportunities opportunities opportunities.
They say holidays are the worst time to visit Chinese sights because they are over-crowded by the increasing amount of traveling Chinese people. Still, this was such a good opportunity for me to see Chengdu with a local, explore famous buddhist sights for example the Giant Buddha in LeShan and do some soul-searching and a hike on the buddhist mountain Emeishan.
Happy Dragon Boat Festival - a perfect time for another China adventure
Last weekend I went back to Hangzhou and the beautiful West Lake after some of my new Hangzhou friends invited me to come for the Xi Hu music festival 2014 (Xi means West and Hu means Lake). With me I had Leon, Anastassia and her boyfriend Sofian. After a couple of wines on Friday night at Yongkang Lu in Shanghai we decided to be impulsive and leave Saturday morning so it was not planned at all. So exciting and only a liiiittle unorganized. We had no idea what to expect and if anything we were actually expecting a silly little Chinese set-up.
What we found was a completely different story. Xihu music festival is so well-organized and looked exactly like most music festivals in the western world. Two full days of music at two different stages, looots of green areas and loooots of food, beer & snack stalls.
Amazing how China can surprise you if you just try to stay adventurous, open-minded and in our case for this weekend get-away: impulsive.
Rock here, live here
It is lychee season in Shanghai - such a perfect reason to head to the local fruit shop and get some of these sweeties which beside from being a great source of C-vitamin are proven to have a cooling effect on the body!
My local fruit girls (two sisters run the shop) on Julu Lu sells lychees for RMB 14 / 1 jin / 500g and just a couple of lychees makes a world of a difference in my daily after-yoga smoothie. I can't wait to use them for healthy (or at least healthIER) blended cocktails now that the Shanghai weather calls for drinks on our roof-top.
Here is today's recipe though I really just use what-ever I have. I find that it is so more easy to get into healthy smoothies and juice habits if you stay relaxed about the recipes and just try, explore, taste & adjust. Most fruit combination works. Soymilk can be replaced with cows milk, fruit juice or even water. If I make a milk-based smoothie I often add a little bit of nuts or oats (more protein and more energy). If I make a water or juice-based smoothie I often add fresh lemon/fresh ginger/fresh basil.
1 nashi pear
The last weeks I've been thinking a lot about happiness. Both before and after I went to a MiniTED talk in Hangzhou last weekend to (I) listen to a speech about happiness from the perspective of a Buddhist (I) talk about happines from the perspective of a happy Dane in Shanghai.
Denmark has been ranked the happiest country two years in a row - since the UN started ranking World Countries' happiness level in 2012. I personally believe that happiness is a very individual thing and I would say impossible to scientifically research on and rank. For this Official Happiness Report someone obviously have to somehow do this in order to arrive at valid and reliable results. According to this survey Denmark rank high in all six factors which are used to compare nations:
High Individual income level and low gap between rich and poor
Healthy life expectancy at birth
A lack of corruption in leadership
Freedom to make life choices
Culture of generosity
At the Mini-TED talk I gave my view on Danish happiness and how it is connected to the Danish welfare model. We are truly privileged in Denmark and very few people will claim that they do not have their basic human needs covered. Most people indeed have more than we need. Does that make us happy?
What me and Frank - the director of Hangzhou buddhist studies where both discussing at the Mini-TED talk was the difference between short-term happiness and long-term happiness and in relation to these two, the ever-returning question: does money make us happy - can we buy happiness? I believe that as long as we have our basic needs covered new things, good food & wine, even a perfect-made cappuccino can actually make us very very happy... For a very very short while. In the long run we need something else.
I had such a hard time finding the words for this other "thing" we need in order to be happy in the long run. This "thing" I have been and still is pursuing in my life and which is why I am not currently sitting in my apartment in Copenhagen with a good career boosting job, a secure income, surrounded by a lot of designer stuff. I've realized that this would not make me happy in the long run.
Frank describe this "thing" as well-being. According to him happiness is not what we as human beings need to feel good - feel happy. According to him we need well-being. We need to feel the same - feel good about ourselves, feel good about about our situation and feel good about our surroundings no matter whether we are sitting on a buddhist mountain in Tibet, in a designer apartment in NYC or on a deserted island in the pacific ocean.
To share the core message from Frank: according to buddhism we can can achieve well-being through meditation and a high level of daily awareness. When we interact, when we eat, when we are. We need to be aware about how we feel, how blessed we are and what we truly want and need in order to have a happy life. I gained much from Frank's point of view and his concept of well-being and awareness. Furthermore I am soon going to his temple to practice my meditation. I would just love to be able to master my mind and meditation. How can 10 minutes of silence and deep breathing be so difficult to master? As I like to say, sometimes it feels like my mind is a little a monkey on coke.
Apart from some insides from the Danish society my core message at the Mini-TED talk was about how I personally use conscious breathing on a daily basis in order to improve my daily awareness. Like very-very-short term meditation
Everyday I try to stop whatever I am doing and just breathe. It can be in my bed in the morning, in the shower, in the queue in the supermarket - wherever.
I breathe, I feel and I ask myself: how do I feel right not, in this moment. Am I okay? Do I feel okay about what I am doing? What am I actually doing? Does it make sense? Am I happy?
I find that in our busy lives and societies it is so important to take the time to feel ourself, get to know ourself and be aware of ourself in our current situation. I think that is why I looove to travel, move around and never know what is going to happen next. This really gives me the opportunity to get away from my daily life, to breathe & to feel.
Another thing I practice on a daily basis and which I find vital for our own happiness is gratitude.
Being grateful about who we are, what we have and not least: the amazing people we are surrounded by and come across everyday. I am not a fan of long posts so I will dig deeper into this subject in another post.
Breathe friends, just breathe. And say Thank You rather one time too much than one time too little.
I believe that if we always try our best to keep an open mind and an open heart amazing things will happen. The world is truly a magical place filled with opportunities for each and every one of us - anything can happen if we (i) are ready to let it happen (ii) are willing to make it happen.
A good example to show what I literally mean with this is one habit I have been practicing for years: The belief that I from every person who´s path I cross (and vice versa) can learn something. With this mindset I now find myself blessed with the fact that boring, annoying and even bad people I meet "give" me something which I personally can gain something positive from. It can be something concrete like a useful contact or it can be something more abstract like a reminder of how not to behave. All situations can be turned into positive with this mindset and you are the one who get enriched from good as well as bad ones.
(Furthermore it is a really good way to practice kindness. Even "bad" people has a history, a situation and maybe an explanation. Without knowing of these we can not really judge one another. Instead we can practice kindness and we can forgive. This is something I feel very strongly about, yet not the topic of this post).
At a great Internations networking event at the Ritz-Carlton bar in Shanghai I met a Chinese woman who was neither boring, annoying or seemed like a bad person. She was just very smiling. I was with some friends and we didn't reeeeeally network that much besides from with each other. But there was something about this woman and the way she smiled to me - still in a very professional way. We ended up chatting and one of the first things Vivian said was: with your positive vibes and energy I believe you must be a happy person and I am guessing you work in the hospitality industry? If she had also guessed that I currently study mandarin she would have hit the spot.
The next thing she told me was about her company and their current project. They are building a big lifestyle center in Shanghai including yoga, mediation & healthy lifestyle. Needless to say I was so excited to hear more about this project for personal reasons. For professional reasons I am soon meeting for the second time with Vivian's boss and colleagues in regards to future work and career opportunities. It is truly incredible how the Law of Attraction just seems to have so much truth in it - if you just believe it and practice it.
Besides working for this company Vivian has started a social project - a nonprofit organization in Hangzhou where she lives part-time with her family: IWE-MiniTED inspired by the "real" TED talks. IWE is short for Ideas Worth Exchanging and the concept is a meeting every Friday night with a weekly topic where speakers share their view, knowledge and ideas to those interested. Vivian founded IWE MiniTED last year and it is already very popular as she reaches audiences through Wechat which is a very popular communication app here in China.
To make a long story short (or at least try to) the following weekend I found myself taking a trip to Hangzhou. Invited by Vivian to speak about Happiness from the perspective of a Happy Dane in Shanghai at the weekly MiniTED event. Besides me Frank Feng the Director of Hangzhou buddhist studies was also invited to come and speak about happiness from a buddhist perspective. Such an exciting opportunity - to share my ideas as well as hear more about buddhism which I am very fascinated by.
My next post will definitely be on happiness or 幸福 (xing fu) as the Chinese draw and term it.