14 Sep Happiness comes in many shapes and sizes
Happiness comes in many shapes and sizes.
In fact, happiness means many different things to many different people.
Accurately labelling and describing our emotions, positive and negative, has been shown to be one of the most effective strategies available for managing our moods. So what we call happiness is more than just semantic word play; it’s actually a very important part of managing low moods and creating more positive moods.
Which is why the following article is so fascinating; check out these 23 new words for happiness and a range of other emotions which we all feel, but often can’t explain.
Graphic designer John Koenig has sought for years to fill holes in language that describe the emotions that we all feel, but fail to communicate. Since 2009, his website: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows has been a “a compendium of invented words”, as he calls it. According to Koening, “Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language — to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for. Each word actually means something etymologically, having been built from one of a dozen languages or renovated jargon.”
HERE ARE 23 EXAMPLES OF KOEING’S GENIUS THAT WE CAN ALL IDENTIFY WITH.
(n) The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own
(n) The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable
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(n) The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.
(n) The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.
(n) The strange wistfulness of used bookshops…
…keep reading the full & original article HERE