Definition And Categorization In her poem “The meaning of Happiness”, Pauline Oliver wrote: As I pondered the meaning of happinessI sat and thought awhileThe outwards signs are clear enoughSparkling eyes and a beaming smile And inwardly how can one tellOr gauge this emotion intactFor it blends with many othersTo me that is a fact Joy, Pleasure and EcstasyAs friends together bandDifficult to separateFor they go hand in hand. (quoted in HYPERLINK “” After reading the snippet of this beautiful poem, I closed the book and started thinking to myself “What is the meaning of happiness for me”. To my surprise, I was clueless. Being awe-struck made me realize I had to think more clearly about this, so I grabbed a pen and a notebook and started jotting down everything that defined happiness for me – in the truest sense.