Philosophers who lived around the same time as Aristotle correlated "virtue" with happiness; the more doors you opened for old ladies, the happier you'd be.
Christians in the Middle Ages saw happiness as something you "got" when you made it to Heaven. The Renaissance delivered to us the idea that pleasure and happiness were linked. The Enlightenment taught people that being happy was a human right, which directly conflicts with the Greek idea of "Better hope Mount Olympus likes you, loser." Overall, while it's difficult to see in a single time period, what we define as "true happiness" is a nebulous concept that will probably change in the next few hundred years. At which point we'll inevitably go back to wondering if we'll get a good harvest because a thunder deity likes our haircut.
But you know who's really happy? Pharrell.
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