What Is Happiness?


Happiness is elusive because there isn’t an exact recipe for it, no matter how much we want one and how many scientific studies are done to help us understand happiness.

Happiness is one of those experiences that we just know when it happens. If you need to think about whether you’re happy, you probably aren’t at that moment.

So what is happiness? Is it possible to define something that sounds so simple, yet, is obviously complex?

Before starting the Society I tried more “get happy” philosophy or how-to programs from the spiritual to the cognitive than I can remember. Although, I’m blessed with happy geneticsso I naturally see the brighter side of life, I wanted life to be happy all of the time.

What I learned was that, although you can’t be happy all of the time, you can be happy most of the time. You just need to recognize more of the happiness that’s already happening.

After starting the Society I identified 31 Types of Happiness to make recognizing happiness easier. Sometimes happiness is the relief and satisfaction we get when we finish cleaning the kitchen. Sometimes, it’s watching a child or pet do something that amuses us. Or sometimes it’s obvious like going to a party. But, ultimately, happiness is around us and it’s up to us to recognize it.

Often we think happiness is about stuff but science has shown  that wanting expensive things makes us happier than actually buying them. Maybe that’s why making a dream board of stuff we want to buy is so fun.

Unhappiness happens to the happiest of people. People are meant to feel a gamut of emotions including happiness but not exclusive to it. Actually feeling our unhappiness clears the space for us to feel happiness if we’re feeling unhappy.

Try our Happiness Counter  and you’ll probably discover more happy moments than you would expect.

I even wrote the Secret Society of Happy People’s 31 Types of Happiness Guide, it’ll fit in your purse, or on your e-reader if you want more tips on recognizing happiness.

Since Happiness Happens, recognize and share it with our Secret Society of Happy People’s Happicons that you can share on your social media sites.

Share Some Happiness

Click On Your Favorite Images …

Email them, Facebook them, Tweet them, Pin them, Google+ them or save them & take them with you wherever you go!!

Amused Anticipation  Awestruck
 Balanced  Blessed  Celebratey
 Cheerful  Confident  Content
 Enthusiasm  Giving  Helpful
Honorable  Hopeful  Humor
 Inspired  Joyful copy  Kindness
 Lively  Love  Mellow
 Motivated Nostalgic  Optimistic
 Peaceful  Playful  Relieved
Satisfaction 2  Social  Spiritual


{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Gram : ) July 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

What you live, becomes your life! Happiness is a choice! 😀


Jo July 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

Why are #9 and #31 the same?


happysociety July 29, 2012 at 1:49 am



Jo July 29, 2012 at 3:51 am

So what word is missing?


happysociety July 29, 2012 at 5:47 am

Mellow :-)


Suzette August 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Please resend me the link for the “Happiness Poster”.


smurphy148 August 7, 2012 at 2:05 am

Seems that I’m happier than I thought I was based on the different types of happiness!


Kim Hall August 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

I love being content as one of the types of happiness. It speaks to the harder, more difficult side of finding joy where we are. It is so easy to be happy when things are going our way, and not so much when life gets rocky.


Elena Lai Etcheverry August 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

i love this! my motto is that I am a Happy People. I have been proclaiming this for years and now I have a group of people who think like me! wonderful place!


Rose Mis July 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

that was awesome!


Pamela Gail Johnson ( July 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

Love our new page … thanks Rose!!!


Beth July 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

WOW!! 16 so far today!!


Sue July 17, 2013 at 6:03 am

I agree with Gram. Happiness is a choice. Its a state of mind that we chose or not to believe. Thanks for sharing this post. :)


Lynn September 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Why am I thankful today? That’s the best way to start your day. Heck, living in Miami where the sun shines almost all the time (even after the thunder storms), with blue skies and palm trees swaying..what a sight. We have such blessings around us no matter where we live. Butterflies and birds, fruits and flowers. God gave us a great planet. Turn off the TV, all the devices and just breathe, pray and love. Smile at people, you may just get one in return. Thanks for this site.


Bellaisa September 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm

This has been a stressful day for me, but while listening to the video I realized that blessed was my last feeling and I’ve experienced 15 types of happiness today. Pretty cool.


Giovani September 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

Today, I’ve experienced the following types of happy: thankful, social, spiritual, motivated, love, inspired, kindness, honorable, helpful, giving, content, balanced, anticipation, and amused (by the Secret Society of Happy People)!

Without the guide of 31 Types of Happiness, it would have been easy to have missed most of these. I’m so happy to have been alerted to the different ways I’ve already been happy today. Great excuse to celebrate!


Sunshine & Blessings,


Yvonne April 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

I love, love, love this line: “If you want to be happy more, it’s easy — recognize more happiness that’s already happening.” I wrote something very similar about gratitude recently, about how we don’t always notice it in ourselves, yet it’s there in everyday moments.

Interesting that science has found people feel happier wanting expensive things than they do buying them. I would not have expected that. I’ll have to check that article out now.


GJ April 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

Wonderful, Inspiring site. Smile and the world smiles with you.

Thank you really enjoyed the experience.

Will share this with others.



Cindy Mulcahey April 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I have experienced all of these , believe it or not , I have experienced all of these in one day. That day is today. My philosophy is always look on the brighter side of a sad situation. :))))


Carol A. Gardner April 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Thanks for making me think of all the expressions of happiness–a happy task. Had lots today. I am a lucky woman.


Nova7599 April 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I’ve had 16 today has me smiling & grateffull. Enjoy the video, Thanks,


Karen Fourie May 10, 2014 at 7:25 am

Beautiful icons, just love them! I think it’s a wonderful idea as they make you read all of them! Happiness is the one thing that many people do not find and search for their entire lives. Thanks for helping making a difference !


Matt D. November 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Hey, those icons really look cool. I like the colors you chose for each of them. I guess they made me happy!


Leave a Comment