happiness

Definitions

  • He wuz happy once more
    He wuz happy once more
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n happiness emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
    • n happiness state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A happy-looking kitten sitting upright A happy-looking kitten sitting upright
Washington spent five happy years at Mount Vernon Washington spent five happy years at Mount Vernon
Og, riding gaily on the unicorn behind the Ark, was quite happy Og, riding gaily on the unicorn behind the Ark, was quite happy
The illustrator feeling happy, yet looking 'board The illustrator feeling happy, yet looking 'board
THE HAPPY WARRIOR THE HAPPY WARRIOR
The Happiness of the Godly The Happiness of the Godly
Frame 1: A religious woman is presented a sporting magazine from 'Mr. Fox'. The caption says: “With Mr Fox's respects & many happy returns of the day” Frame 2: A hunter is presented a religious text from 'Mrs. Stork'. The caption says: “With Mrs Stork's kind regards and the compliments of the season” Frame 1: A religious woman is presented a sporting magazine from 'Mr. Fox'. The caption says: “With Mr Fox's respects...
A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bugs Bunny was originally called "Happy Rabbit."
    • Happiness An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended with enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness.
    • Happiness Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; -- used especially of language. "Some beauties yet no precepts can declare,
      For there's a happiness , as well as care."
      "O happiness ! our being's end and aim!""Others in virtue place felicity ,
      But virtue joined with riches and long life;
      In corporal pleasures he, and careless ease."
      "His overthrow heaped happiness upon him;
      For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
      And found the blessedness of being little."
    • Happiness Good luck; good fortune; prosperity. "All happiness bechance to thee in Milan!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bananas contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This same chemical is found in Prozac
    • n happiness The state or quality of being happy. Good luck; good fortune.
    • n happiness Any state of being, having considerable permanence, in which pleasure decidedly predominates over pain.
    • n happiness Fortuitous aptness or fitness; an unstudied grace or beauty; felicitousness.
    • n happiness Synonyms Happiness, Felicity, Blessedness, Bliss; well-being, prosperity, welfare, enjoyment, comfort, security. Happiness, the generic word, is expressive of nearly every general state of pleasure. It is so far from its derivation that it is often expressive of that state of mind that triumphs over circumstances, finding material for contentment or even joy in that which might naturally produce deep unhappiness. Felicity is primarily a matter of favorable circumstances, which may be mere exemption from disaster or disagreeable experiences, or may be of a higher type, as domestic felicity depends not merely upon the comfort of the home, nor upon freedom from anxiety, but especially upon a high degree of mutual love. Blessedness is a state of the most refined happiness, arising from the purest and warmest benevolent and religious feeling. The type of its meaning is furnished by the use of the word blessed in the beatitudes, Mat. v. 3–11. Bliss is consummate happiness. See animation, mirth, hilarity, gladness.
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Quotations

  • Henri B. Stendhal
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    “Beauty is the promise of happiness.”
  • Thomas Moore
    Thomas Moore
    “It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Where the fear is, happiness is not.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The real secret of happiness is not what you have or what you receive; it's what you share”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Happiness is a sort of action.”

Idioms

Happy as Larry - When you're as happy as Larry, you're very happy indeed.
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Happy medium - If you reach a happy medium, you are making a compromise; reaching a conclusion or decision.
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Happy-go-lucky - If someone is happy-go-lucky, they don't worry or plan and accept things as they happen.
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Many happy returns - This expression is used to wish someone a happy birthday.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Happy

Usage

In literature:

I shall only remember that it must always be happy and smiling or it will make no one else happy.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
It was a pretty little grove in which the Happy Hexagons met to study and to talk Texas.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
I don't think of myself in such matters, but I do hope to see you the happy wife of some happy man.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
He could afford, being extremely happy himself, to make Jane happy too.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
I don't think you would have been happy, not so happy as in a parish.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Beth had her big bonnet on, and was happy; and Mildred also was in a high state of delight.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Though Ellen was happy, it was a sober kind of happiness; the sun shining behind a cloud.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
I've got a little club all my own, an' I've named it 'Happy in Spite.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
How happy, how very happy, she looked!
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
He began to feel happy.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
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In poetry:

It seemed as if he came
Home from a happy land,
To tell me something that my heart
Would surely understand.
"The Message" by Henry Van Dyke
It was a happy thing to sit
So near, nor mar his reverie;
She looked not for a part in it,
So meek was she.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
A man must write to please himself,
Of all it's true;
But happy they who spurning pelf—
Please people too.
"Poor Poet" by Robert W Service
Are we not happy here alone
In such a healthy spot?'
He looked to her with joyful smile
But she returned it not.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
'Lift high your happy voice,
And swing your iron tongue
Till syllables of praise rejoice
That never yet were sung.
"Liberty" by James Whitcomb Riley
"And years rolled on and brought to me
But woman's lot below,
Intensest hours of happiness,
Intensest hours of woe.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

Happy Thanksgiving, You're Under Arrest.
Halle Berry isn't happy that she snapped at paparazzi last week, but she feels justified in her actions.
Silhouette is happy to be blue.
Monday Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Tuesday Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Wednesday Happy hour 5-7 p.m.
Derryck Hughes is seven today, he goes to Frenchtown Elementary Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa Moore and the whole Moore clan wish him a Happy Birthday.
Readers share their happy sweaty, stories.
TRUCKEE, Calif — The High Fives Foundation is happy to announce the 4th Annual Bocce Tournament presented by Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, GoPro and the Truckee River Winery.
Happy 4th birthday twins, Boden and Trent Spence.
Happy Thanksgiving, Humphrey Bogart Edition.
What It Means to be a Healthy, Happy Kid.
Some of the little princesses at the 'fairytale breakfast' weren't too happy to be all dolled up.
Kevin Kolb happy to land in "clean" Arizona.
New-look Lakers lose to Mavericks, make Mark Cuban happy.
I was happy to sit for an hour at a time by my kitchen window watching birds come to the feeders.
Long before Indian yogis found that Ananda Balasana — the Happy Baby pose — is a great hip opener and low back release, orangutans may have come to a similar conclusion.
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In science:

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The L-Move and Virtual Braids
It is not hard to see that there are points which extremize both people’s happiness.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
The curves are curves of equal happiness (or utility).
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
Whatever else is true there is a universal about human beings in markets, which is that they seek to maximize their happiness.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
This state has some general characteristics, which can be formulated and studied without having to get much into what makes real human beings happy.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
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