One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the children played happily on the sand for hours’
contentedly, merrily, delightedly, joyfully, gaily, cheerfully, cheerily, agreeably, blithely, light-heartedly, gleefully, blissfully, with pleasure, to one's heart's content
2‘I will happily leave my car behind’
willingly, gladly, readily, freely, cheerfully, ungrudgingly, unhesitatingly, with pleasure, with all one's heart and soul
archaic lief, fain
3‘happily, we are living in enlightened times’
fortunately, luckily, thankfully, mercifully, opportunely, providentially, felicitously, by chance, by good luck, by good fortune, as luck would have it
thank goodness, thank God, thank heavens, thank the stars
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