What is happiness?

  • (noun): State of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
    Synonyms: felicity
    See also — Additional definitions below

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 we might attain it.

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Some articles on happiness:

Measures of Happiness
... The Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS) is a four-item scale, measuring global subjective happiness ...

More definitions of "happiness":

  • (noun): Emotions experienced when in a state of well-being.

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