A problem that I've had ever since my Bipolar II diagnosis is figuring out whether I am hypomanic or just happy. Most of the times (and they were few and far between) that I thought I was happy in retrospect I realized that I was actually hypomanic. I am glad to report that has changed. I have an amazing sense of overall well-being and happiness now that I have not felt for a long, long time.
I used to think that the most I could hope for was peace. Not too happy, not too sad, just quietly in the middle. I think a lot of bipolar people think that is the ideal frame of mind. I don't think it is. I believe we were born happy, we intended to be happy, and we all can find our way back there.
The happiness I am feeling now is different than hypomania. My hypomanias had a compulsive nature to them. I would be obsessed with a project and steamroll anything in my way. It was a very "doing" state of mind. My happiness now has more of a "being" quality. I feel good, but I am not compelled to do things, I can relax and enjoy my surroundings and the things I am doing. I have a tremendous sense of connection and well-being. I see things in a positive light and I expect good things. It is awesome.