parbawatiya: Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external circumstances. If our mind is pure and peaceful we shall be happy, regardless of our external conditions, but if it is impure and unpeaceful we shall never find happiness, no matter how much we try to change our external circumstances.
Chinese Bellflower. Platycodon grandiflorus. The root of this species (radix platycodi) is used extensively as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of coughs and colds. Its root, either dried or fresh, is a popular ingredient in salads and traditional cuisine. Also used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The pink lotus is the supreme lotus, it is often associated with the highest deity, the Buddha himself. Though often confused with the white lotus, it is the pink lotus that symbolizes Buddha where the white lotus is used for lesser holy figures.