Tao (pronounced Dow) means The Way (to happiness). Taoism is not a religion. Taoism is a philosophy, a way of looking at life and a way of thinking about things. It was easy for me to begin to understand Taoism. I had a great teacher, Winnie-the-Pooh!

 
 

Taoists believe if you look at life and think about things in the right way, you'll be much happier.

To do this, it's very important to understand The Way Things Are. This does not mean that there are not things we need to change about ourselves, but it's important to recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and discover who we are. In the story of "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen, when does the duckling stop feeling ugly? - when he discovers he's a Swan. When he recognizes who he really is, a beautiful swan, he finds his Way to happiness.

Taoism for Kids