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Words for the International Day of Happiness

March 18, 2017
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated around the world every March 20. It was established by a United Nations Resolution in 2012 to "promote, preserve and celebrate the principle that happiness is a universal human right and goal." Here are 15 words for expressing happiness.
mirth
He said that “haha” indicates “more serious amusement,” and adds extra “ha”s for “more serious mirth.”
The New Yorker (Apr 30, 2015)
glee
The group was so stunned, most were mute at first, but the squeals of glee slowly emerged as they realized their good fortune.
Washington Times (Feb 26, 2017)
gaiety
Adding to the frisson, it was to be performed by a starry cast on New Year’s Eve in 2011, thus promising sparkle and gaiety.
New York Times (Feb 28, 2014)
merriment
Toys: The holiday season brings merriment to our kids and puts a twinkle in their eyes with toys, toys, and more toys.
Washington Times (Dec 6, 2016)
buoyant
From Spanish boyante, which comes from the verb boyar "to float."
Arrangements are consistently inspired, often surprising, and their performances are as buoyant as Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.
—Los Angeles Times Nov 26, 2014
contentment
It turns out that cultivating positive emotions such as joy, contentment, interest, pride and love pays huge dividends.
New York Times (Jun 14, 2013)
ecstatic
Their fans are ecstatic, and the Giants are going to New York.
New York Times (Oct 2, 2016)
elated
I was therefore elated when he recently placed high enough to be included in the school spelling bee.
Seattle Times (Feb 19, 2017)
exultant
From Latin exultantem "boastful, vainglorious."
Felicia shouts, exultant, laughing and applauding his silken moves.
—Dreaming in Cuban
exuberant
From Latin exuberare "be abundant, grow luxuriously." From ex- "thoroughly" and uberare "to be fruitful."
This show, he says, “includes quiet moments and meditation as well as exuberant playfulness.”
—Washington Post Nov. 20, 2014
jaunty
From French gentil "nice, pleasing." The spelling of this word is meant to reflect the French pronunciation of gentil.
The score presented on this night was full of jaunty dancelike segments, rollicking bits and tuneful stretches in the British music hall tradition.
—New York Times Sep 21, 2014
jubilant
From jubilare "to call to someone" which became among Christian writers " a shout for joy." The English word is first attested in the works of John Milton.
On the edges there were people who came for the spectacle, laughing, jubilant.
—Los Angeles Times Nov 30, 2014
effervescent
From Latin effervescere, "to boil up, boil over."
You quote Lucas saying that, with the original trilogy, he was aiming for “ effervescent giddiness.”
—The New Yorker Dec 17, 2014
ebullient
From Latin ebullire "to boil over", from ex- "out" and bullire "to bubble."
Not that the ebullient, boundlessly confident Mr Renzi stays concerned for long.
—Economist Oct 9, 2014
euphoric
From Greek euphoria "power of enduring easily", this word originally referred to feeling healthy and comfortable even when sick, from eu- "well" and pherein "to carry."
“It was like if I had another lung; I could breathe more,” she said of her euphoric feeling during the trip.
—New York Times May 28, 2014

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