- the quality or state of being happy.
- good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.
Origin of happiness
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1, 2. pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction. Happiness, bliss, contentment, felicity imply an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction. Happiness results from the possession or attainment of what one considers good: the happiness of visiting one's family. Bliss is unalloyed happiness or supreme delight: the bliss of perfect companionship. Contentment is a peaceful kind of happiness in which one rests without desires, even though every wish may not have been gratified: contentment in one's surroundings. Felicity is a formal word for happiness of an especially fortunate or intense kind: to wish a young couple felicity in life.
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Examples from the Web for happiness
The health, happiness and well-being of men, children and women improve.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
He should be free, filling the world with happiness, love and his fighting spirit.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
But she cautions against depending on getaways for happiness.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
December 5, 2014
Their bright eyes and wide, happy smiles have spread a feeling of happiness and hope across the art world and beyond.Takashi Murakami’s Art From Disaster
November 28, 2014
Stop Making Sense is the only current movie that's a dose of happiness from beginning to end.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
I would do anything in the world for his happiness, poor old chap.Viviette
William J. Locke
There is world enough for all to seek their happiness in their own way.
Well, even if we were, we've no right to get our happiness out of her suffering.
You know, and yet you'll take your happiness at the poor child's expense.
How could it care for a fellow's happiness, or even for his leading a correct life!Weighed and Wanting
Word Origin and History for happiness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper