'the banality of "happiness"' + 'a better language to describe'

Goff made a distinction between the everyday spiritual condition of “joy”—an intense awareness of the gift of life, the fruit of hope, joy as the very condition of being alive—and the banality of “happiness.”

David Remick, "Blood at the Root." The New Yorker, September 28, 2015.

I know a woman who was lovingly married for seventy years. She has had a long, meaningful life that she has lived according to her principles. But I wouldn’t call her happy; her compassion for the vulnerable and concern for the future have given her a despondent worldview. What she has had instead of happiness requires better language to describe. There are entirely different criteria for a good life that might matter more to a person — honor, meaning, depth, engagement, hope.

Rebecca Solnit, "The Mother of All Questions." Harpers, October 2015. (Read thanks to 118. READ. LOOK. THINK.)