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Jump to navigation Jump to search Several terms redirect here. For the concept in pragmatics, see Felicity conditions. Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
Happiness’ is the subject of debate on usage and meaning, and on possible differences in understanding by culture. For instance Ruut Veenhoven has defined happiness as “overall appreciation of one’s life as-a-whole. These uses can give different results. For instance the correlation of income levels has been shown to be substantial with life satisfaction measures, but to be far weaker, at least above a certain threshold, with affect measures.
The implied meaning of the word may vary depending on context, qualifying happiness as a polyseme and a fuzzy concept. Some users accept these issues, but continue to use the word because of its convening power. A smiling 95-year-old man from Pichilemu, Chile.