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Happiness

Are we short of positive emotions?

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Before you read any further just take one minutes to think about all the words we have to describe emotions. If you are like most people, you will have found it much easier to think of negative emotions than to think of positive ones. When I was a student sociologist many years ago, I was taught that you could tell something about what was important to a culture by its language – the more words it had to describe something the more important that thing was to the culture. So, for example, Eskimos have a lot of different words for different types of snow, because traditionally snow was crucial to their existence.

So, does this mean that our cultures place more value on negative emotions than on positive emotions? In many ways I think they do. So let’s strike back and concentrate on positive emotions that make us feel good. To get you started here’s some ideas – not totally comprehensive, but just see how many of these positive life-affirming emotions and feelings you can experience today:

 

  •     Adored
  •     Affable
  •     Affectionate
  •     Agreeable
  •     Amiable
  •     Appreciated
  •     At ease
  •     Blessed
  •     Blissful
  •     Blithe
  •     Calm
  •     Carefree
  •     Cheerful
  •     Comfortable
  •     Compassionate
  •     Connected
  •     Contented
  •     Delighted
  •     Ecstatic
  •     Elated
  •     Enchanted
  •     Encouraged
  •     Enthusiastic
  •     Excited
  •     Exhilarated
  •     Floating on air
  •     Friendly
  •     Full of life
  •     Gentle
  •     Glad
  •     Glowing
  •     Good-natured
  •     Gratified
  •     Happy-go-lucky
  •     Hopeful
  •     Inspired
  •     Jolly
  •     Joyful
  •     Joyous
  •     Jubilant
  •     Kind
  •     Light-hearted
  •     Lively
  •     Loved
  •     Lovable
  •     Loving
  •     Merry
  •     On cloud nine
  •     Optimistic
  •     Overjoyed
  •     Over the moon
  •     Peaceful
  •     Playful
  •     Pleased
  •     Positive
  •     Radiant
  •     Rapt
  •     Respected
  •     Satisfied
  •     Serene
  •     Sociable
  •     Sparkling
  •     Sunny
  •     Sure
  •     Sweet
  •     Sweet-tempered
  •     Tender
  •     Thrilled
  •     Unconcerned
  •     Untroubled
  •     Vibrant
  •     Vital
  •     Vivacious
  •     Worthy