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99 Definitions Of Happiness

Posted: 04/05/10 05:24 PM ET

According to Websters Online Dictionary, the word happiness is -

hap·pi·ness
Pronunciation: \ˈha-pē-nəs\
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
1 : good fortune : prosperity
2a : a state of well-being and contentment : joy
2b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience

Since the definition is so general, I decided to ask 100 different people how the would define the word. Here's what I found:

#1 Andrew S. - ... singing to my dogs every morning.

#2 Julia W. - ... watching the sun creep out of the water as it rises into a new day.

#3 Alicia C. - ... celebrating just because.

#4 Jamie H. - ... watching a kid with the giggles and then getting them yourself..

#5 Bryant J. - ... a warm gun. bang bang, shoot shoot.
28 minutes ago ·

#6 Jovi N. - ... the way the sunshine is an old friend that always makes me feel good about who I am.

#7 Mia B. - ... playing hooky with your kids and taking them fishing.

#8 Jana B. - ... listening to a gentle rain falling on a metal roof.
25 minutes ago ·

#9 Cara P. - ... finding your inner strength, and knowing it will always, always see you through any difficulties in life.

#10 Lara T. - ... watching a two-year old stretch and roll over, tucking his feet between his bootie, as he wakes up to a new day.

#11 Jennifer R. - ... knowing that it takes just a few kind words and a smile to make someone feel loved and needed.

# 11 Sri I. - ... when we can say thankful to God for our life although we are in high position or when we are in down position.

#12 Beth M - ... a combined effort of the little moments in your life. The hot cocoa with extra whip, the scent of a good man, the sleeping in on Saturday, the feeling of belonging.

#13 Lori F. - ... puppy breath, sunshine on your skin, a real hug.

#14 Lisa R. - ... catching spring fever and not being sick with it. just enjoying it!

#15 Tiffany T. - ... unconditional love.

#16 Brett F.. - ... knowing I can make my community a better place.

#17 Kasey P. - ... a choice.

#18 Troy C.. - ... the result of doing the next right thing

#19 Susan T. - ... wading in the ocean.

#20 Brandy T. - ... in all of us~

#21 Lyn G. - ... smiling lots. Laughing Hard. Wearing A Helmet. :-)

#22 Jenée A. - ... that fact that we hold an inherent ability to both discover and create happiness.

#23 Jeff B. - ... a fat Cuban cigar in quiet air.

#24 Joe G. - ... winding down on the back porch with a beer after a hard days work

#25 Michael C. - ... being your children's bestest hero.

#26 Paul M. - ... knowing our children will be safe.

#27 Hananja V. - ... a good health, and looking at my kid while she is asleep..:)

#28 Mary G. - ... that feeling you get after you have selflessly helped someone who needed it.

#29 Sarah M. - ... LOVE.

#30 Julie D.T. - ... hearing "I love you" for the millionth? time, and knowing that it's more sincere with every utterance.

#31 Tanya K. - ... listening to your children laugh

#32 Hari P. - ... springs of positive feeling which is waiting to burst out from your heart.

#33 Gabrielle G. - ... paying it forward :)

#34 Corey B. - Happiness is coming home after a hard day at work to find your selfless animals waiting at the door so excited to see you!
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#35 Kim H. - ... knowing that each day you wake up is another day God has given you to live, laugh and love with all your heart. Acceptance of who "you" are!!!

#36 Amy P. - ... feeling warm ocean breezes...ahhhh...

#37 Kim B. - ... the smell of my Grandpa's farm!! ;-)

#38 Sarah P. - ...getting paid to do what I love.

#39 Hunter A. - ... the ability to create, connect and live my life outside the boxes that people find themselves in now.

#40 Tracy M. - ... enjoying what you have.

#41 Jerold T. - ... possible. Choose to make it happen!

#42 Karen D. - ... wanting what you have.

#43 Mariana El. - ... hearing my son laugh.

#44 Vija M. - ... being creative.

#45 Michael W. - ... being showered with love by your children

#46 Todd H. - ... race day.

#47 Tychis K. - ... encapsulating within your own existence the concepts offered in "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Prahamahansa Yogananda.

#48 Roger R. - ... watching your daughter cut up her credit cards.

#49 Casey S. - ... finding your lost dog on the porch the next morning.

#50 Glenn B. - ... being myself, not matter how crazy I get.

#51 Forrest M. - ... making someone happy.

#52 Jolie M. - ... nuzzling in my babies' peach fuzz hair.

#53 Janice H. - ... feeling the magnificence and connection with Spirit as I watch flowers bloom on a warm spring day.

#54 Jenny A. - ... finishing all of the laundry and still having a weekend ahead!

#55 Stephanie E. - ... knowing exactly what you want out of life, and not being afraid to go after it. Life is too short for wasted dreams!

#56 Wayne L. - ... watching your children grow.

#57 Rowena W. - ... being alone in your car driving with no distractions, no radio and remembering something or someone that made you smile then and makes you smile in that moment...the good stuff...the good thought...the happy thought...the radiant thought that makes you smile from the inside out.

#58 Marissa K. - ... having a job in this crappy economy.

#59 Vincent D. - ... a steak dinner at my dad's house.

#60 Larry J. - ... laughing first thing every morning.

#61 Stella B. - ... waking up on Sunday with no plans.

#62 Teddy B. - ...a safe place to call home.

#63 Monica J. - ... saving all your koi from that mischievous fox.

#64 Pamela G. - ... being in the present moment!

#65 Jim B. - ... Per Erasmus: "It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is." So, happiness is... getting to be oneself...

#66 Kris S. - ... occasionally seeing your children stumble but get back up and keep heading in the right direction.

#67 Robin Lee W. - ...laying there across a downy comforter with window open, curtains blowing, ocean breeze and salty air covering you listening to the ocean's swaying murmurs..."

#68 Sue M. - ... spending time in God's Word!

#69 Doug S. - ... knowing all is well with my family.

#70 Oscar S. " ... is building something that lasts.

#71 Henry K. - ...not comparing yourself to others.

#72 Andy H. - ... life outside the Culture of Busy.

#73 Tracy A. - ... the time and the desire to think and solve problems big and small.

#74 Faron W. - ...having three dogs.

#75 Francis W. - ...hand-holding walks with my husband.

#76 Carl S. - ...learning something new every day.

#77 Catherine P. - ...becoming and American citizen.

#78 Luis F. - ...swimming in natural lakes and rivers.

#79 Carlos C. - ...hard work.

#80 Karen P. - ...knowing my students are learning something.

#81 Baron P. - ...getting the band back together.

#82 John M. - ...fishing with my wife.

#83 Stephen W. - ...knowing people get you.

#84 Andrew H. - ... moments to connect with those I love, discover new people and places and to find surprises in life that make me smile, cry, laugh or be inspired.

#85 Nicolas P. - ... a ball of sunshine that wants to be released from within.

#86 Christopher L. - ...being trusted and acting trustworthy.

#87 Marc R. - ...being out of debt.

#88 Danny D. - ...live music.

#89 Liz W. - ...being content with where you are.

#90 Joey P. - ...a sitting together for family dinner

#91 Burk L. - ...a place to call home.

#92 Terry H. - ...taking time to appreciate the little things.

#93 Jeremy W. - ...fishing with my kids.

#94 Bella H. - ...saying "I love you" and hearing it back.

#95 Nellie K. - ...my morning swim.

#96 Eric E. - ...meditation.

#97 Russell R. - ... a contagious smile

#98 Lisa M. - ...remembering that life is short and that each moment counts.

#99 Zach B. - ...writing a song.

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