What does it mean by “I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time”? Does it mean I’m “happier” than ever(like the happiest in my life) or “as happy as” before?


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That expression means that they are more happy than they have been for a certain period of time, indicating that at one point in time they were as happy or more happy than they were now. Consider this example:

Ten years ago I lost my job and the past few years were rough. However, I got a new job, one I really like. I'm happier than I've been in a long time.

  • Though OP has a point here. I'm not aware of people who accurately measure happiness coefficients, so there's not much difference between most people's "I'm happier than I've been in a long time" and "I can't remember a time when I was happier". Dec 27, 2020 at 14:33

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