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True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
Joseph Addison

Meaning of "happiness" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HAPPINESS

happiness  [ˈhæpɪnɪs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HAPPINESS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Happiness is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES HAPPINESS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

happiness

Happiness

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what "happiness" is, and how it might be attained. It is of such fundamental importance to the human condition that "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" were deemed to be unalienable rights by the United States Declaration of Independence. The United Nations declared 20 March the International Day of Happiness to recognise the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal goals. In 2014 Happy became the anthem and inspired clips from around the world.

Definition of happiness in the English dictionary

The definition of happiness in the dictionary is contentment; the quality or state of feeling, showing, or expressing joy; the quality or state of being pleased.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HAPPINESS


grumpiness
ˈɡrʌmpɪnɪs
lumpiness
ˈlʌmpɪnɪs
nappiness
ˈnæpɪnɪs
pinnace
ˈpɪnɪs
preppiness
ˈprɛpɪnɪs
pulpiness
ˈpʌlpɪnɪs
sappiness
ˈsæpɪnɪs
scrappiness
ˈskræpɪnɪs
scrimpiness
ˈskrɪmpɪnɪs
sleepiness
ˈsliːpɪnɪs
slippiness
ˈslɪpɪnɪs
sloppiness
ˈslɒpɪnɪs
snappiness
ˈsnæpɪnɪs
snippiness
ˈsnɪpɪnɪs
soapiness
ˈsəʊpɪnɪs
steepiness
ˈstiːpɪnɪs
stumpiness
ˈstʌmpɪnɪs
unhappiness
ʌnˈhæpɪnɪs
weepiness
ˈwiːpɪnɪs
wispiness
ˈwɪspɪnɪs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HAPPINESS

happed
happen
happen by
happen on
happenchance
happening
happenstance
happier
happiest
happily
happing
happoshu
happy
happy as a sandboy
happy as Larry
happy camper
happy clapper
happy couple
happy event
happy families

WORDS THAT END LIKE HAPPINESS

agribusiness
big business
bulkiness
business
cleanliness
cleanliness is next to godliness
comeliness
dizziness
do the business
e-business
emptiness
family business
fitness
friendliness
holiness
laziness
loneliness
loveliness
readiness
show business
timeliness

Synonyms and antonyms of happiness in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HAPPINESS»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «happiness» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of happiness

Translation of «happiness» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HAPPINESS

Find out the translation of happiness to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of happiness from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «happiness» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

快乐
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

felicidad
570 millions of speakers

English

happiness
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

खुशी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سَعَادَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

счастье
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

felicidade
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সুখ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

bonheur
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kebahagiaan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Glück
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

幸福
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

행복
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kebahagiaan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

niềm hạnh phúc
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மகிழ்ச்சி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आनंद
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mutluluk
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

felicità
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

szczęście
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

щастя
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

fericire
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ευτυχία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

geluk
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lycka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

lykke
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of happiness

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HAPPINESS»

The term «happiness» is very widely used and occupies the 6.424 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HAPPINESS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about happiness

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10 QUOTES WITH «HAPPINESS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word happiness.
1
Joseph Addison
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
2
Greg Anderson
Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
3
Edward St Aubyn
Well, the attractive thing about the subject of happiness is that it is notoriously difficult to write.
4
Francis Bacon
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
5
Ernie Banks
You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace.
6
Ludwig van Beethoven
Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!
7
Rob Brydon
The thing is, when I had my first success it did coincide with the end of my first marriage, and because I went on to have a very, very unhappy two years, I don't think I equate career success with personal happiness.
8
Pearl S. Buck
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.
9
Cab Calloway
90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody's interested in the story. happiness is happiness.
10
Dale Carnegie
Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HAPPINESS»

Discover the use of happiness in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to happiness and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Stumbling on Happiness
With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Daniel Gilbert, 2006
2
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing ...
Gretchen Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.
Gretchen Rubin, 2009
3
Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
This book reveals that high income is correlated with happiness, although excessive materialism is toxic to it. The important factor is not so much what one can buy with one’s income, but one's attitudes to it.
Ed Diener, Robert Biswas-Diener, 2011
4
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to ...
Argues that happiness can be a learned and cultivated behavior, explaining how every person possesses at least five of twenty-four profiled strengths that can be built on in order to improve life.
Martin E. P. Seligman, 2002
5
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
To learn more about the book, go to www.deliveringhappinessbook.com.
Tony Hsieh, 2010
6
Happiness
Following the success of such stylish and original gift books as The Pig of Happiness and A Lovely Love Story, Edward Monkton now assembles the drawings and thoughts that speak most eloquently to the happiness of everyone everywhere.
Edward Monkton, 2010
7
Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices
Encouraging readers to be intelligent and skillful in their practice, this new collection by Thich Nhat Hanh outlines the essential steps by which we can all obtain real and lasting happiness.
Thich Nhat Hanh, 2013
8
The Architecture of Happiness
The Architecture of Happiness is Alain de Botton's exploration of the hidden links between buildings and our well being Bestselling author Alain de Botton has written about love, travel, status and how philosophy can console us.
Alain de Botton, 2007
9
The Promise of Happiness
Ahmed maintains that happiness is a promise that directs us toward certain life choices and away from others. Happiness is promised to those willing to live their lives in the right way.
Sara Ahmed, 2010
10
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
In his widely praised book, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world’s philosophical wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of enduring maxims-like Do unto others as you ...
Jonathan Haidt, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HAPPINESS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term happiness is used in the context of the following news items.
1
To achieve happiness: 5 habits, 2 minutes | The Columbus Dispatch
With anyone who thinks of happiness as a luxury or as something that occurs after a lifetime of sacrifice on the drive to a goal, happiness ... «Columbus Dispatch, Jul 15»
2
The pursuit of happiness | Henry Daily Herald
#Some years back an English author penned an essay on the illusion of happiness. He began the essay with the story of a young man who ... «Henry Herald, Jul 15»
3
The recipe for health and happiness in Australia
When it comes to achieving good health and happiness in Australia, it just might pay off (all things considered) to be a wholesome type of ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
4
Warren Buffett's 9 Tips for Happiness and Success | TIME
Warren Buffett's 9 Tips for Happiness and Success. Minda Zetlin / Inc. 8:00 AM ET. SHARE. coworkers-cheering-office Getty Images ... «TIME, Jul 15»
5
4 things a psychiatrist learned about health and happiness just by …
Watching fast cars drive in circles for 400 miles might not be everyone's idea of personal fulfillment, but for clinical psychiatrist Dr. Howard ... «Business Insider, Jul 15»
6
Happiness and Pleasure Are Not Synonyms, Pope Francis Reminds …
'Happiness is demanding; it requires commitment and effort,' the Holy Father told a gathering at Leon Condou stadium on July 11. 'You are too ... «National Catholic Register, Jul 15»
7
COLUMN – On improving our happiness | Barbados Today
That brings me to the exploration of the economics of happiness –– coincidentally, the Economics Of Happiness is also a documentary title. «Barbados Today, Jul 15»
8
Worth it or wasted? $1,800 goes to Volusia's Creative Happiness
Volusia County is giving more than $1,800 dollars to the Creative Happiness Institute of Daytona Beach as part of it's yearly cultural grants ... «MyFoxOrlando.com, Jul 15»
9
Care-A-Vanners Build Happiness
Care-A-Vanners Build Happiness. Care-A-Vanners Build Happiness. POSTED: 07:00 PM CDT Jul 13, 2015 UPDATED: 09:01 AM CDT Jul 14, 2015. Small Text ... «KDLT News, Jul 15»
10
Ben Higgins Says 'Bachelorette' Kaitlyn Bristowe Deserves Happiness
Ben called Kaitlyn a “wonderful girl” who “deserves happiness.” He added that he has a lot of respect for her and was glad that she was the one ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Happiness [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/happiness>. Sep 2019 ».
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