Nouns and Adjectives – Happiness

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One student who was learning English wrote about happiness and wrote:

I am happiness.

She meant:

I am happy.

Nouns and Adjectives

“Happiness” is a noun and “happy” is an adjective. It is possible to say: “I am happiness” if you are reciting poetry but in conversation we normally say:

I am happy.


Happiness is important. Happiness is a human quality. In the modern world there is a lot of stress and pressure and in a multi-cultural environment we are influenced by conflicting ideas from different sources. Everything is relative. What makes one person happy, does not necessarily make another person happy. Some people ask:

What is happiness?

The answer is simple. Happiness is the emotion you feel when you smile a lot. It is the emotion we feel when we are relaxed and happy with life or just with this moment in life.

If we forget what happiness is or do not think it exists, we are not healthy. Remember, happiness is the feeling you have when you smile a lot. It is the emotion which gives you wrinkles of laughter.


Are you happy?
What makes you happy?

Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Word Family

Let’s look at the happiness word family:



I am happy.

Note that the adjective is used with a be verb.

Are you happy?


Happiness is the way people feel when they smile.

Note that we can say “He is happy” and “Happiness is important” but we cannot say “He is happiness.”


He smiled happily.

This means: “He smiled in a happy way.” There are different types of smiles. Some people smile from embarrassment. A happy smile is not the same as an embarrassed smile. Compare these adverb/adjective variations:

He smiled happily.
He smiled in a happy way.

He ate quickly.
The way he ate was quick.

He talked angrily.
He talked in an angry way.

He worked slowly.
The way he worked was slow.


What was the happiest time in your life?
Are you happy now?
Were you happier when you were younger?

Tell us in the comments section below.

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