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!


  1. It's a cold rainy day in Tokyo, but I'm still happy to be here and to read a happy post. :) Thanks!

    1. The sun has taken leave today though we had good sunshine yesterday. Looks like it's winter here too though we are in the tropics.

      Thank you, great to have you stopping by. My pleasure, Ru, my pleasure.

  2. Great words for The Pursuit of Happyness

    1. True and which an element in life which is not given enough emphasis in our journey through life.

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  4. thanks for sharing the 10 tips to happy, i learn something~ XD

  5. I like the word 'bliss'..

    1. And doesn't it sound just so blissful? :D

  6. I have not thought of the last 4 words. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I learn a new word: mirth

  8. nice one showing the different degrees of happiness huh?? errr, but i guess i use only HAPPY though i know some others in the list while having some in the list that i've never come across before..

    errr, so perhaps you can change your name to use the 10 happiness in turns?? :p