A happiness which is mostly regarded as the
people who have lots of money, wealth and luxurious
facilities is not always correct. There are lots of people
with a lack of money can feel happy. This research was to
investigate the nature of happiness and utterances which
were used to express happiness. The data of this research
were utterances which were taken from the interview with
the students of the Islamic boarding school. The
informants of this research were 5 students of the Islamic
boarding school who dedicate their life to “kyai” and his
family. The finding of this research showed that the
students felt happy when they could dedicate their life to
"kyai” and his family without asking reward from them.
They only expected the reward from Alloh through
helping them. Most of the students used expressive
utterances in expressing their happiness feeling in helping
“kyai” and his family.
Happiness, utterances, speech act, expressive, Islamic boarding school.