From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gladness \Glad"ness\, n. [AS. gl[ae]dnes.]
   State or quality of being glad; pleasure; joyful
   satisfaction; cheerfulness.
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         They . . . did eat their meat with gladness and
         singleness of heart.                     --Acts ii. 46.
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   Note: Gladness is rarely or never equivalent to mirth,
         merriment, gayety, and triumph, and it usually
         expresses less than delight. It sometimes expresses
         great joy.
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               The Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good
               day.                               --Esther viii.
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