can be a state of profound spiritual satisfaction, happiness or joy, often associated with religious ideas of the afterlife.
Bliss is also a natural, neurophysiological experience, potentially cultivatable, for which the drug Ecstasy (MDMA) serves as a reference experience.
In many philosophical systems, including some forms of Shaivite Hinduism, hedonism, Epicureanism and the Krishna Consciousness movement, a state of bliss (either subjective or objective) is seen as a major state of being which can only be reached through the moment itself.
This state is also reffered to as enlightenment
The word "bliss" is often used as a translation for the Sanskrit term Ananda.
A great many references to "bliss" exist in popular culture.
The word "Bliss" can also refer to the following:
- Arthur Bliss, composer
- Bliss (Band), the soul-pop group featuring Rachel Morrison
- "Bliss" (Psychic TV song), a song by the English rock band Psychic TV
- "Bliss" (Muse song), a song by the English rock band Muse
- "Bliss" (Tori Amos song), a song by Tori Amos
- "Bliss" (Mariah Carey song), a song on Mariah Carey's Rainbow album
- "Bliss" (Paul Gilbert song), a song on Paul Gilbert's Burning Organ album
- BLISS (album), an album by Nikki Webster
- Bliss (12 Rods album) (1993), by indie rock band 12 Rods
- Bliss (Vanessa Paradis album) (2000), by French pop singer Vanessa Paradis
- Bliss (Doug Anthony All Stars), an early recording by the Doug Anthony All Stars
- The Bliss Album...?, an album by PM Dawn
- Bliss, Alternative/Grunge/Experimental Band from Harrow
- Bliss (Birdbrain album) 1995 debut album by post-grunge band Birdbrain.
- Bliss (Still Remains song), a song off Still Remains' Of Love and Lunacy album.
- Right into the Bliss, a song by Katatonia
- Bliss (I Don't Wanna Know) Song by Hinder
- Bliss (Miranda Sykes album) an album by British folk singer and double bass player, Miranda Sykes.
- "Ignorance is Bliss" by JellyFish.
- Bliss (1917 film), starring Harold Lloyd
- Bliss (1985 film), directed by Ray Lawrence, adapted from the Peter Carey novel
- Bliss (1997 film), starring Terrance Stamp, Sheryl Lee and Craig Sheffer
- Bliss (2006 film), aka Fu Sheng, a Chinese film produced by Fruit Chan
- Bliss (2007 film), aka Mutluluk, directed by Abdullah Oğuz, adapted from the Zülfü Livaneli novel
Ignorance Is Bliss
- Bliss, California, USA
- Bliss, Idaho, USA
- Bliss Corner, Massachusetts, USA
- Bliss Township, Michigan, USA
- Fort Bliss, Texas, USA
- Bliss Street, Beirut, Lebanon
- Arthur Bliss, a British composer
- Caroline Bliss, British actress
- Charles K. Bliss, inventor of Blissymbols
- Cornelius Newton Bliss, US merchant and politician
- Daniel Bliss, the founder of AUB, the American University of Beirut
- Douglas Percy Bliss, 20th century Scottish painter
- Duane Leroy Bliss, 19th century Nevada, USA industrialist
- George Bliss, 19th century US Congressman
- Gilbert Ames Bliss, US mathematician
- Harry Bliss, US cartoonist
- Henry E. Bliss, US librarian
- Mike Bliss, US NASCAR driver
- Nathaniel Bliss, 18th century English astronomer
- Philemon Bliss, 19th century US Congressman & jurist
- Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876), American hymn lyricist and composer
- Raymond W. Bliss, Major General US Army, Surgeon General 1947-1951
- Tasker H. Bliss, early 20th century U.S. Army officer
- William Dwight Porter Bliss, American religious leader and activist
- William Henry Bliss, English scholar
- William Wallace Smith Bliss, U.S. Army Officer
- Blissymbols, an Integrated Pictographic Language System for international communication, currently used by people with language-related disabilitie
- Bliss, UK Teen Magazine
- Bliss Magazine, Washington DC based Womens Magazine
- Bliss- THE RULER OF THE WORLD!
- Bliss - A Short Story by Katherine Mansfield