The state of being pleased with one’s circumstances; gladness.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
HappinessThe tired farmer has finished his long day in the vineyards. The sun is going down. He sits down under one of the many fig trees surrounding his humble house. His wife, who spent the day in the field alongside her husband, sits down beside him. Looking into the valley below at the fruitful
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
happiness. Although happiness is generally understood as a psychological state characterized by contentment, as an ethical term it is more often connected to the idea of living well. *Aristotle, for example, described happiness in this manner, and he suggested that it is the goal of life. Ethicists who
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
happiness. The English terms happiness and happy are used variously in Bible translations to render several words (see joy). Of special interest is the Greek noun makarismos G3422, which is used only three times in the NT, all by Paul (Rom. 4:6, 9; Gal. 4:15; the cognate adjective makarios G3421, “happy,
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Happiness. Both a favorable station or quality of life (e.g., “good fortune, prosperity”) and an emotional state (e.g., “contentment, joy”). The two are not unrelated, but in biblical thought happiness is primarily associated with disposition and character rather than emotive responses to occurrences.
The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia
HappinessA major theological motif throughout Jonathan Edwards’s sermons, treatises, and personal writings is happiness, or the pleasantness of religion. At his conversion, Edwards experienced an intense existential experience of “holy joys … and burning love” for Christ that would shape his ministry
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HAPPINESS [אֶשֶׁרʾesher, אָשָׁרʾashar, שִׂמְחָהsimkhah, שָׂשׂוֹןsason; ἀγαλλίασις agalliasis, εὐφροσΰνη euphrosynē, ἡδονή hēdonē, χαίρω chairō]. Happiness (gladness, rejoicing) is a relational value: one is made happy “on account of” or by means of something else. In Hebrew, the most basic
Key passages
Ge 21:6

And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; all who hear will laugh for me.”

Dt 24:5

“When a man takes a new wife he shall not go out with the army, and he shall not be obligated with anything; he shall be free from obligation, to stay at home for one year, and he shall bring joy to his wife that he took.

Ps 32:1–2

Happy is he whose transgression is taken away, whose sin is covered. Happy is a person to whom Yahweh does not impute iniquity and in whose spirit there is not deceit.

Pr 15:15

All the days of the poor are hard, but goodness of heart is a continuous feast.