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  • Writer's pictureSarah M.

Positive Emotions

Positive feeling words should be a part of your everyday life in order to help you feel fulfilled and happy (easier said than done in some cases, I totally understand) but where else are we going to start if not in our head?

As I reflect on my life and the struggles I have faced I sometimes feel so distant from some of the horrific things; almost like it wasn't my life. I also question how I survived and where I got the strength to go through some of it. And most of all, why am I not bitter or angry? Why and where did some of that resilience come from? Me, that's the answer. I created my grace and resilience. And because of that I have been able to really enjoy most of my days; I refuse to not feel positive emotions and therefore live intentionally.

Experiencing emotions like happiness, excitement, joy, hope, and inspiration is vital for anyone who wants to lead a happy and healthy life. And sometimes there are days where you have to choose to feel good. But positive emotions are not simply “happy feelings” that we chase to feel momentary pleasure, it's a practice of acknowledging that some days we need to work at a little harder to get there. (like any other thing in life)

So how do we get there; a state of happiness? Well obviously there are countless ways but if you need some extra oomph, maybe these words can help you get there. The list of positive emotions that people experience is nearly endless and by going down the list, try to identify things that trigger these emotions and like a to-do list start implementing them in you day.

Joy – a sense of happiness, and exhilaration, often experienced as a sudden spike due to something good happening.

Gratitude – a feeling of thankfulness, for something specific or simply an overall appreciation, often accompanied by humility.

Serenity – a calm and peaceful feeling of acceptance of oneself.

Hope – a feeling of optimism and anticipation about a positive future.

Pride – a sense of approval of oneself and pleasure in an achievement, skill, or personal attribute.

Amusement – a feeling of lighthearted pleasure and enjoyment, often accompanied by smiles and easy laughter.

Inspiration – feeling engaged, uplifted, and motivated by something you witnessed.

Awe – an emotion that is evoked when you witness something grand, spectacular, or breathtaking, sparking a sense of overwhelming appreciation.

Elevation – the feeling you get when you see someone engaging in an act of kindness, generosity, or inner goodness, spurring you to aspire to similar action.

Satisfaction – a sense of pleasure and contentment you get from accomplishing something or fulfilling a need.

Relief – the feeling of happiness you experience when an uncertain situation turns out for the best, or a negative outcome is avoided.

Affection – an emotional attachment to someone or something, accompanied by a liking for them and a sense of pleasure in their company.

Cheerfulness – a feeling of brightness, being upbeat and noticeably happy or chipper; feeling like everything is going your way.

Surprise (the good kind!) – a sense of delight when someone brings you unexpected happiness or a situation goes even better than you had hoped.

Confidence – emotion involving a strong sense of self-esteem and belief in yourself; can be specific to a situation or activity, or more universal.

Admiration – a feeling of warm approval, respect, and appreciation for someone or something.

Enthusiasm – a sense of excitement, accompanied by motivation and engagement.

Euphoria – intense and the all-encompassing sense of joy or happiness, often experienced when something extremely positive and exciting happens.

Contentment – peaceful, comforting, and low-key sense of happiness and well-being.

Enjoyment – a feeling of taking pleasure in what is going on around you, especially in situations like a leisure activity or social gathering.

Optimism – positive and hopeful emotion that encourages you to look forward to a bright future, one in which you believe that things will mostly work out.

Happiness – a feeling of pleasure and contentment in the way things are going; a general sense of enjoyment of and enthusiasm for life.

Love – perhaps the strongest of all positive emotions, love is a feeling of deep and enduring affection for someone, along with a willingness to put their needs ahead of your own; it can be directed towards an individual, a group of people, or even all humanity.

Experiencing positive emotions will encourage you to make healthier decisions, and ultimately contribute to better health.

There will be days that all this feels like nonsense and you'll feel negative emotions regardless of any words in the dictionary but come back to this and find those sparks that allow you to feel these positive emotions.

What are some of the things on your list that trigger these feelings? Please share your experiences in the comments or in Instagram, I would love to hear what prompts your feel good emotions.


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