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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 hap·pi·ness /ˈhæpɪnəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hap·pi·ness, n.
 1. Good luck; good fortune; prosperity.
    All happiness bechance to thee in Milan!   --Shak.
 2. 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.
 3. Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; -- used especially of language.
 Some beauties yet no precepts can declare,
 For there's a happiness, as well as care.   --Pope.
 Syn: -- Happiness, Felicity, Blessedness, Bliss.
 Usage: Happiness is generic, and is applied to almost every kind of enjoyment except that of the animal appetites; felicity is a more formal word, and is used more sparingly in the same general sense, but with elevated associations; blessedness is applied to the most refined enjoyment arising from the purest social, benevolent, and religious affections; bliss denotes still more exalted delight, and is applied more appropriately to the joy anticipated in heaven.
    O happiness! our being's end and aim!   --Pope.
 Others in virtue place felicity,
 But virtue joined with riches and long life;
 In corporal pleasures he, and careless ease.   --Milton.
 His overthrow heaped happiness upon him;
 For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
 And found the blessedness of being little.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from
           contentment to intense joy [syn: felicity] [ant: unhappiness]
      2: emotions experienced when in a state of well-being [ant: sadness]