Happiness is always and only an instant. Happiness is not something that lasts. It is not a time, it is an instant or a series of instants. A point of contact with something extraordinary and durable, like a hanger.
The famous anthropologist Desmond Morris argued that hands are for human beings like the baton of an orchestra conductor, with which we direct the rhythm and meaning of words. But let's face it: Italians, from this metaphorical point of view, are the best "conductors" in the world!