I’ve been searching for a word, similar to melancholy, in that it is a deep inward feeling, but instead of sadness, a word that implies the same deep inward feelings - but of happiness.
So in context, imagine that a person is having an overwhelming moment of reflection on the wonderful things that happened today, simple things like having the truck you always wanted, or a daughter that married a man you loved adding to the family. A “good job, good health, good day” kind of a moment.
Words like “joy” don’t quite express it, just like sadness doesn’t quite capture melancholy.
I’ve searched, and I’m not sure there IS a happy equivalent to melancholy, but I’m posting here in hopes that you all can find one.