hap·​pi·​ness | \ ˈha-pē-nəs How to pronounce happiness (audio) \

Definition of happiness

1a : a state of well-being and contentment : joy
b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience I wish you every happiness in life. I had the happiness of seeing you— W. S. Gilbert
2 : felicity, aptness a striking happiness of expression
3 obsolete : good fortune : prosperity all happiness bechance to thee— William Shakespeare

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Examples of happiness in a Sentence

They made a toast to long life and happiness. her happiness was complete when she got her very own house

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In each issue of Country Living's print magazine, animal expert Dr. Tricia Earley answers questions about pet safety, health, and happiness in Ask a Country Vet. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "Ask a Country Vet: How Can I Keep My Sporting Dog Healthy and Happy?," 11 Sep. 2018 So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. Emily Wang, Allure, "Demi Lovato Reportedly Rushed to Hospital After Apparent Heroin Overdose," 24 July 2018 Ernestine Shepherd has found health and happiness through weightlifting at the age of 81, while marathon runner Fauja Singh only retired from competitive racing days before his 102nd birthday, though the 107-year-old continues to run. Zahid Mahmood, CNN, "Oldest winger in town: Veteran rugby player, 95, still scoring," 13 June 2018 Courtesy of Happy x Nature With that, Hudson leads me to a sunshine-yellow dress which, to me, screams summer vibes and happiness. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Hudson Just Launched an Eco-Friendly Fashion Line," 4 Apr. 2019 Specifically, bright light exposure early in the day stimulates serotonin production, improving your mood and happiness, and regulates melatonin in the evening, improving your sleep. Lynn Kim, House Beautiful, "This Little Light Could Make You Feel Happier," 26 Mar. 2019 Students’ engagement on campus is a better predictor of future job satisfaction and happiness than their college’s status or prestige, according to a 2014 Gallup-Purdue study of more than 30,000 college degree-holders. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Remember, It’s Their College Years, Not Yours," 16 Mar. 2019 Luckily, there are some fans who see the bigger picture: Meredith's happiness. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey’s Anatomy' Fans Can’t Stop Sparring Over Meredith and DeLuca's Relationship," 7 Mar. 2019 Getty Images Getty Images The tongue-flashing was just a temporary pause in their otherwise sophisticated display, and the couple looked the picture of elegance and happiness two months after their lavish wedding celebrations. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Got Their Tongues Out at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of happiness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for happiness

see happy

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English Language Learners Definition of happiness

: the state of being happy
somewhat formal : an experience that makes you happy

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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