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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  3. Aghlahoum says:

    I’m happy when I draw a happiness on peaple’s face

  4. Gnanamali says:

    I am happy with my position as I always planning to support most vulnerable people living in the district

  5. Shahim says:

    Happiness give us happy messages, while we are not happy it means there is kind of tension in our mind

  6. Maria Avendano A. says:

    There are many, many things that make me happy: Life, My familly and share with them. Play with my granddaugther and enjoy the new things she is learning.,go to the beach, Listening to music, to read a book. etc.
    I give thanks to God for everything He has given me.

  7. P. De Mario says:

    You make us very happy with your lessons and friendship..
    Best Regards

  8. M T Cosca says:

    I love everybody unconditionally so I am happy in the company of family, friends, cousins, neighbors,students, colleagues… and enjoy every moment in its fullness.

  9. Consolata Nahimana says:

    I am happy when I succeed in dealing with a difficult but rewarding activity such as teaching my students properly. I’m also happy when I get a good news.

  10. oliva says:

    I am happy in to be here.

  11. Rukhosh says:

    I will be happy when I saw people are happiness.
    I was happier before my graduation.
    My happiest with my family.

  12. when I overcome the problem I really am happy in that time.

  13. Ted Chen says:

    I felt happiest in my life when I studied in the college.

  14. Robby Kangwa says:

    The way you explain the usage of some words is very excellent.One easily follows and understands.Is it possible to compile all your lessons in an e-book form?

  15. Nasser Mohammed says:

    I am very happy to follow your valuable lessons

  16. LittleRené says:

    Happy in my life,
    Happy with my wife.
    I do confess
    that’s happiness.
    Days spend happily
    Not too quickly.

  17. Sayed Maher says:

    Today I am so happy that is why I received a very useful topic from my favorite ENGLISH CONVERSATION. English Conversation released us usually happiness.

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