[Grammar] defining happiness is not as simple as it might seem

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Is the bold 'it' used as preparatory it?

Defining happiness is not as simple as it might seem.
 

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No - it's a pronoun.

'Defining happiness is not as simple as [defining happiness] might seem.'
 

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It's anaphoric (pointing backwards).
 
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