What does Happiness mean?

Definitions for Happiness
ˈhæp i nɪshap·pi·ness

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Happiness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. happiness, felicitynoun

    state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy

  2. happinessnoun

    emotions experienced when in a state of well-being


  1. happinessnoun

    The emotion of being happy; joy.

  2. happinessnoun

    Good luck; good fortune; prosperity.

  3. happinessnoun

    Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; used especially of language.

    Some beauties yet no precepts can declare, For there's a happiness, as well as care. Alexander Pope.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Happinessnoun

    Etymology: from happy.

    Happiness is that estate whereby we attain, so far as possibly may be attained, the full possession of that which simply for itself is to be desired, and containeth in it after an eminent sort the contentation of our desires, the highest degree of all our perfection. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    Oh! happiness of sweet retir’d content,
    To be at once secure and innocent. John Denham.

    The various and contrary choices that men make in the world, argue that the same thing is not good to every man alike: this variety of pursuits shews, that every one does not place his happiness in the same thing. John Locke.

    Certain graces and happinesses, peculiar to every language, give life and energy to the words. John Denham.

    Some beauties yet no precepts can declare;
    For there’s a happiness as well as care. Alexander Pope, on Criticism.


  1. Happiness

    Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia, flourishing and well-being.Since the 1960s, happiness research has been conducted in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including gerontology, social psychology, clinical and medical research and happiness economics.


  1. happiness

    Happiness is a positive emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, contentment, satisfaction, and well-being. It is a subjective experience that varies from person to person and can be influenced by various factors such as personal circumstances, relationships, achievements, and inner fulfillment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Happinessnoun

    good luck; good fortune; prosperity

  2. Happinessnoun

    an agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness

  3. Happinessnoun

    fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; -- used especially of language


  1. Happiness

    Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what "happiness" is, and how it might be attained. It is of such fundamental importance to the human condition that "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" were deemed to be unalienable rights by the United States Declaration of Independence. Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics. Happiness economics suggests that measures of public happiness should be used to supplement more traditional economic measures when evaluating the success of public policy.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. happiness

    1. Something that might have happened yesterday, but which will never happen tomorrow. 2. A postprandial state of mind, which is most often a presage of acute gastritis. 3. A loving-cup, the bottom of which is like a sieve. 4. A mental state compounded of wine, women and tobacco. 5. The exploitation and final triumph of an instinct in the individual that society has branded as wicked or dangerous. 6. Forgetting self in useful effort. 7. A habit--cultivate it.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Happiness

    Highly pleasant emotion characterized by outward manifestations of gratification; joy.

Editors Contribution

  1. Happiness

    Is a self-therapy or medication that cures all manner of depressions and dejections.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on February 22, 2018  

  2. Happiness

    It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

    Submitted by anonymous on October 16, 2020  

  3. Happiness

    It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves And it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

    Submitted by anonymous on November 22, 2020  

  4. Happiness

    Serendipity is the facility of making happy chance discoveries.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 18, 2021  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Happiness' in Nouns Frequency: #2080

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Happiness in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Happiness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Happiness in a Sentence

  1. Mitchell Koger:

    Angels are everywhere. Know you’ve found one when you see happiness & hope.

  2. Marquis de Sade:

    Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.

  3. Alphonse de Lamartine:

    Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    And love is two misfortunes which together happiness are.(Et l’amour, c’est deux malheurs Qui ensemble font un bonheur)

  5. Roy M. Goodman:

    Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination.

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