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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Here in bootstraps America, happiness is a state many moms find difficult to achieve. Olivia Campbell, Good Housekeeping, "I've Struggled With Depression, So I Can't Always Be The "Happy" Mom," 8 July 2019 Menasse’s roomy novel is set in contemporary Brussels, and its characters can often be found consuming throwback comfort foods like stoemp, a sausage and potato dish, and impenetrable stews such as waterzooi and bigos, and sighing with happiness. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘The Capital’ Is a Sharp Political Satire About Europe at This Perilous Moment," 10 June 2019 Meanwhile, amidst all the stress, the happiness and the players still waiting for their name to be called, LSU still has a super regional to prepare for. Brody Miller, nola.com, "A roller-coaster 2 days of the MLB Draft for Paul Mainieri and LSU," 4 June 2019 Vacation evokes happiness and that means something different to each of our clients—playfulness, relaxation, party time! Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Designer Dreams Up Exciting Island Getaways That Function Like Home," 17 May 2019 Gus’ happiness is directly proportional to the time spent playing Minecraft. Steve Brykman, Ars Technica, "Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft," 16 Dec. 2018 And the fact that Kim Kardashian was squealing with happiness is sick. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kardashian’s sisters said she looked anorexic. She took it as a compliment.," 3 Aug. 2018 And happiness is what makes all that hard work worthwhile. Courtney Mcgee, baltimoresun.com, "Towsontowne Tigers Girls U-14 team proves class on soccer field again," 6 June 2018 No surprises here: Life expectancy is lowest throughout much of the South and highest through the upper Midwest, in line with the general contours of such individual characteristics as income, happiness and overall health. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "How moving to the right place can prolong your life," 28 June 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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