Word of the Month

David Zapatka

This month’s word of the month is a long-time favorite of mine, bliss. I was first introduced to this deep and meaningful word in the early ‘70s when someone explained to me that a state of complete happiness is achievable. The word used for this complete and enduring state of happiness is bliss. Bliss is sometimes described as “the peace that knows no understanding.”

The dictionary definition of bliss is extreme perfect happiness; serene joy; ecstasy.

The origin of the word bliss is from the Middle English word blisse, from Old English blīths or blīthe and Old Saxon blidsea.

Examples of bliss used in a sentence:

His meditation produced a state of bliss.

The look of bliss on Sherrie’s face told her husband he chose the perfect birthday gift.

As a chocolate lover, I see bliss as an endless supply of chocolate bars.

The history of the usage of the word bliss is fascinating. It’s been in use for hundreds of years but late in the 1700’s the popularity of the word increased dramatically. Its popularity began to fade in the early 1800’s and has continued to decline to this day

Do you use this word? In what reference do you use the word bliss? Have you experienced bliss in a relationship with another, something you love to eat or drink or was it a state of being you achieved on your own?

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