What does happiness mean?

Definitions for happiness
ˈhæp i nɪshap·pi·ness

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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

Wiktionary

  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.

Wikipedia

  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.

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

Freebase

  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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    When you learn to enjoy every little event and you learn to see beauty in every little thing, you will reach the door of eternal happiness.

  2. Samuel Johnson:

    Hope itself is a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

  4. Sren Aaby Kierkegaard:

    A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.

  5. Ethel Perry Andrus:

    We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something outside ourselves.

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