At the Otowa Waterfall in Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, one can choose between longevity, success, and love by drinking from a stream.
The waterfall, which runs off the hills nearby, is split into three streams of “pure” water, and the tradition is that one takes a ladle and choose which stream to drink from. One does not drink from all three streams as it is considered greedy.
So which one to choose?
A 75-year Harvard study on happiness tells us that “good relationships keep us happier and healthier.” Being in a relationship where one can “really feel they can count on the other person in times of need” is good for our well-being.
If we follow this advice, the choice is obvious – we choose relationships, we choose love.
It’s a choice we can make everyday, through our actions that build warm relationships and nurture the well-being of the people we love.
Each time we do, we are taking the ladle and drinking from the stream of love at the Otowa Waterfall.
(The TED Talk on the Harvard study on happiness can be found here.)