Defining Happiness

Dictionary Definition

Happy [adj.] a feeling of joy, pleasure, or good fortune – exactly how you’d feel if you learned that you won the lottery or got accepted into your number one choice of colleges. Happy hails from the Middle English word hap, meaning “good luck.”

My Definition

Halpy [adj.] a joyous feeling unrelated to luck or chance that is entirely created by one’s own active perspective. Experiencing the potential joy of every day. My happiness does not rely on luck because it’s not a feeling dependent on chance. Being happy is something that is generated through my own actions and reactions to the ever changing and challenging world around me.