陽気

This adjective youki is a beautiful word that signifies “cheerful” or “merry”. I say it is beautiful because its spelling is composed of the kanji for sunshine (the same you in taiyou from sun 太陽), and ki which means spirit ( and is the same ki from genki 元気). The way I see it, when you are cheerful, you are in good spirits and your mood may become as bright as the sun. This sunshine is then reflected onto others, which is maybe why they say happiness is contagious.

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