View synonyms for happiness


[ hap-ee-nis ]


  1. the quality or state of being happy.

    Synonyms: contentedness, satisfaction, enjoyment, delight, bliss, exhilaration, joy, pleasure

    Antonyms: misery

  2. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

    Synonyms: contentedness, delight, bliss, exhilaration, joy, pleasure, satisfaction, enjoyment

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Other Words From

  • over·happi·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of happiness1

First recorded in 1520–30; happy + -ness

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Synonym Study

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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Example Sentences

Touch also increases levels of serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin—the hormones related to happiness.

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We hope you’ve been enjoying our wedding gift, the espresso machine, and we wish you many years of happiness together.

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Researchers have argued for decades about whether certain facial expressions have evolved to express specific emotions, such as happiness, anger and disgust, regardless of one’s culture.

It’s spawned so many other indexes of human well-being — the index of social progress, people talking about gross national happiness.

This transition makes even more sense when coupled with the idea of deviating from using GDP as a measure of societal growth, and instead adopting a well-being index based on universal human values like health, community, happiness, and peace.

It is the summit of human happiness: the surrender of man to God, of woman to man, of several women to the same man.

The health, happiness and well-being of men, children and women improve.

He should be free, filling the world with happiness, love and his fighting spirit.

But she cautions against depending on getaways for happiness.

Their bright eyes and wide, happy smiles have spread a feeling of happiness and hope across the art world and beyond.

Very trim and strong, and confident he looked, with the glow of youth in his cheeks, and the spark of happiness in his gray eyes.

Feeling secure regarding their happiness and welfare, she did not miss them except with an occasional intense longing.

How, then, are we to explain this extraordinary discrepancy between human power and resulting human happiness?

The vision of the universal happiness seen by the economists has proved a mirage.

That news has caused a quite universal happiness to this wretched community.