My partner is involved with an on-line writing group where once a week a different member suggests a topic to write about. This weeks topic was happiness and she asked me what I thought that was. Now a smarter man would probably have said "just being with you" but being the relationship challenged meditation obsessive that I am
my answer was "the absence of suffering ".
Now I'm usually cautious about talking much about the subject of happiness in a Buddhist practice because of how often it seems to become another thing for folks to try to attach to, but it did make me wonder what this Sangha's view of it was.