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Useful Origami, Adding Happiness to Your Life!

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At an origami convention in New York City, Vicente Palacios, an origami artist and teacher from Spain, related how people often asked him what is origami good for. He would respond with another question: “What are babies good for?”

We certainly enjoy folding origami pieces that extend beyond the joy of creating and folding them. Many times these pieces are described as “useful origami” because we can place a trinket inside, or can use them as a picture frame, an envelope or bookmark, for example.

But if we label an origami box as “useful”, does that imply that an origami crane or a flower is “useless”?

If we focus on making “useful origami”, aren’t we emphasizing only the end result and not considering as equally important the happiness that the process of folding brings us?

Isn’t origami useful in the same way a baby is useful…  an invitation to love, to play, to have joy, to discover, to learn, to have a light heart and to make people happy?

Today, March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness. Let’s celebrate it by acknowledging and sharing the happiness that the practice of folding paper brings to our lives.

Make some origami today…

…and add happiness to your life!

“However you discover the art, you will always be grateful you did. Paperfolding is a delightful experience, an intellectual challenge, an entertainment, an opportunity to share ideas, and things of beauty, and therefore, a joy forever ~Rick Beech

Find here more origami instructions to make you happy.

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Photo: courtesy of Carolina Aguilera

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  • Vicki Bolen January 15, 2016, 9:23 pm

    Is a bird free from the sky?…….Dylan

  • Janet March 20, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Thank you for your inspiration, Leyla.

    I think origami has a calming effect on me.

    But now you made me wonder, what are babies really good for :-)

  • karen March 20, 2013, 3:29 pm

    Well, so far today, on a trip to Kansas City, origami has been useful by bringing happiness 1st) to me by creating a new modular model (the “Kansas City Star”) on the plane
    2nd) to Donna , the airport SuperShuttle employee who went out of her way to be helpful, so I made her a business-card Frog;
    and 3rd) to Jim W, by making him a Flapping Bird as a 92nd birthday present on the spot at lunch.
    Thanks for yet another lovely post, Leyla!
    Karen 3/20/2013

    • Leyla Torres March 20, 2013, 3:32 pm

      Wow Karen! I LOVE you writing three ways in which your making origami made people happy today. Thank you for sharing!

  • Tia Lulu March 20, 2013, 2:06 pm

    Not to mention how it benefits the brain….
    Joyful day to all!

  • Sass March 20, 2013, 9:18 am

    Thanks for all the joy and happiness your loving spirit brings :)

  • Lesley Collier March 20, 2013, 8:17 am

    Beautiful, Leyla Torres…I am so delighted that you shared this with me. The warmth of your spirit combines beautifully with your love of origami, connecting with and inspiring us all. Today, you shared a smile of happiness. Thank you :-D

  • John Sutton March 20, 2013, 7:00 am

    What a beautiful post, Leyla. It was a happy start to my day!

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