Tuesday, December 10, 2013
10 words for Happiness
10 Words for Happiness - just the thing for a happy surfer's blog, don't you think? Found this on the Dictionary's homepage today.
Let's go through the slideshow, shall we?
Word #1 is, of course, Happiness
- Defined as pleasure derived from attaining what you consider to be good, the term happiness comes from the Old Norse root happ, which literally means “chance” or “good luck.” The noun happiness entered English in the 16th century, though the adjective happy predates this noun by 200 years.
#2 - Mirth
- Jollity, especially when accompanied by laughter.
#3 - Joy
- The emotion of great delight caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.
#4 - Bliss
- Supreme happiness, often associated with the joy of heaven.
#5 - Elation
- A feeling of great joy or pride, or of exultant gladness.
#6 - Glee
- Open delight or pleasure. This term has had musical associations since around 1000 when the noun glee could be used to refer to entertainment of the harmonious variety. The meaning of delight came about 100 years later. By the 17th century, glee was considered obsolete or comic by various dictionary editors, only to reemerge in common usage in the late 18th century.
#7 - Exultation
- Lively or triumphant joy, generally over success or victory.
#8 - Euphoria
- A state of intense happiness and self-confidence. The term is sometimes used in pathology to describe the state of patients. This term has existed in English since the late 1600s and comes from the Greek euphoria meaning “a state of well-being.”
#9 - Jubilation
- A feeling or loud expression of joy, or a festive celebration.
#10 - Rapture
- Ecstatic delight or joyful ecstasy.
Well, what more can I say but Best wishes for a Happy Day of blue skies and all things nice!