*Happiness is a chimera. A chimera made of random body parts mailed to you by a serial killer or dug up and sewn together by a mad scientist.
Solon (a 6th century BCE Athenian numbered among the “Seven Sages”) is said to have said, “Count no man happy until he is dead, but only lucky.” I say, don’t count the body parts until you open all the mail.
Another bit of Solon, courtesy Wikipedia (and Pausanias): At a symposium (party), when Solon’s young nephew sang one of Sappho’s poems, Solon asked the boy to teach him to sing it. When someone asked, “Why should you waste your time on it?” Solon replied ἵνα μαθὼν αὐτὸ ἀποθάνω, “So that I may learn it then die.”