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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Courage, dialogue and transparency are keys to happiness anywhere in life, but the inherent power dynamics within organizations can stifle them. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The brutal nature of life in the village isn’t the only impediment to happiness, however. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 As this unlikely duo embarks on a comical adventure, Thidwick discovers that the key to happiness is being kind to others. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2022 This doesn’t mean that the key to happiness is to immediately put a positive spin on terrible events. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2022 Find your path to happiness and don't hesitate to start walking down it! Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 2 Mar. 2022 But Taylor’s path to happiness was not always smooth. Faith Karimi, CNN, 21 Feb. 2022 The playful banter comes easily to Hamlin and Rinna, who share two daughters Delilah Belle, 24, and Amelia Gray, 21, but the road to happiness had its early bumps. Christina Dugan Ramirez, PEOPLE.com, 2 Feb. 2022 With each step in that direction, people come closer to happiness,’ said the lighthouse keeper, comfortingly. Bradley Stern, Billboard, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Happiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happiness. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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