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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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 Nothing brought her more happiness than being surrounded by her children and grandchildren, joyfully celebrating each precious milestone. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Daniela Anulewicz," 3 July 2018 Here are some ways to help kick the winter blues right from home: The right scent can help your state of mind, and according to research from the Association for Psychological Science, floral scents boost feelings of happiness. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "8 Ways to Feel Happier at Home When Winter’s Bringing You Down," 15 Feb. 2019 The guests were asked to wear white, while Alexandria and Nicholas coordinated in yellow and blue, Sweden’s national colors and a symbol of happiness. John Dolan, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Didn't Believe in Love at First Sight–Until It Happened to Them," 6 Aug. 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
somewhat formal : an experience that makes you happy

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