hap·​pi·​ness | \ ˈha-pē-nəs \

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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Yes, Buck, is happiness linked to having great hair? Fox News, "Gutfeld: The media need to focus on reality instead of fear," 21 July 2018 The happiness in the portraits of those who support Trump struck Schneller. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "An artist paints people's selfie reactions to Trump. Now they see each other differently.," 7 May 2018 But one man's discomfort is a Reddit user's happiness, so the whole thing went viral and CWK turned into this whole thing, rekindling the debate about whether television networks should show kids crying during sporting events. Chris Chase, USA TODAY, "15 best characters, memes from NCAA tournament history," 2 Apr. 2018 For happiness here was pursued by the hounds of living hell; the American dream was so close to the nightmare. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "How the Movies Invented Christmas," 20 Dec. 2018 The world is a complicated place, and most of us spend our lives searching for happiness, whether that’s at work, in our relationships, or in our friendships. Metin Hara, Vogue, "How to Be Thankful (Even When It Feels Like the Rest of the World Is Going Crazy)," 22 Nov. 2018 And most of all thank you @bradfalchuk for the true happiness. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sources Say Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Are Getting Married This Weekend," 27 Sep. 2018 But in the midst of utter despair, these women of all different backgrounds have come together and have an incredible desire to find a sense of happiness — by any means necessary. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""Orange is the New Black" Season 6 Has the Women Striving for Peace and Community More Than Ever," 27 July 2018 One species has been found to enhance serotonin production, which can lead to greater happiness and lower stress. Lisa Margonelli, WSJ, "‘Never Home Alone’ Review: The Critters Chez Nous," 28 Nov. 2018

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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

: an experience that makes you happy

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