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Happiness is a word with many diverse meanings The Websters Deluxe Unabridged Dictionary and Bartletts Rogets Thesaurus gave definitions and synonyms and various resources discussed happiness in very different ways The Home Book of Shakespeare Quotations described how happiness would look if it were personified An article in the Washington Post and The Columbia Grangers World of Poetry inferred that happiness is a temporary frame of mind yet The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase Saying and Quotation inferred that happiness could possibly last a lifetime After researching the word happiness I have concluded that happiness is a frame of mind to which there are many facets To begin my research I looked in an unabridged dictionary and looked up the word happiness The definition according to the Websters Deluxe Unabridged Dictionary is the enjoyment of pleasure without pain felicity blessedness satisfaction 825 The Icelandic people used words such has happ good luck chance and hap 825 These forms of the word later evolved into the word happiness The Unabridged Dictionary provided me with a consistent usage and etymology of the word happiness I continued my research by looking up the word happiness in Bartletts Rogets Thesaurus Rogets supplied me with an abundance of synonyms The words included pleasure joy satisfaction rejoicing welfare and prosperity 1012 All of these words are positive words and all fit together One thing I noticed about these words is that all the synonyms are a state of mind or a state of being Everyones idea of happiness may be different What one person thinks satisfaction is may be different to someone elses idea of satisfaction It is the same with pleasure joy prosperity etc These synonyms showed me that everyones idea of happiness might be different The Home Book of Shakespeare Quotations was my third source I found a fair number of lines containing my word I chose one in particular because of the use of the word in the sentence
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