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Emotionally Positive Words Not Found in English

(this beautiful list of words are selected from the collection of Dr. Tim Lomax, whose page I discovered thanks to this isn’t happiness)

WORDS RELATING TO FEELINGS:

  • Gula: Spanish for the desire to eat simply for the taste
  • Sobremesa: Spanish for when the food has finished but the conversation is still flowing
  • Mbukimvuki: Bantu for “to shuck of one’s clothes in order to dance”
  • Schnapsidee: German for coming up with an ingenious plan when drunk
  • Volta: Greek for leisurely strolling the streets

WORDS RELATING TO RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Nakama: Japanese for friends who one considers like family
  • Kanyininpa: Aboriginal Pintupi for a relationship between holder and held, akin to the deep nurturing feelings experienced by a parent for their child
  • Gigil: Philippine Tagalog for the irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze someone because you love them so much
  • Kilig: Tagalog for the butterflies in the stomach you get when interacting with someone you find attractive
  • Sarang: Korean for when you wish to be with someone until death

WORDS RELATING TO CHARACTER:

  • Sitzfleisch: German for the ability to persevere through hard or boring tasks (literally “sit meat”)
  • Baraka: Arabic for a gift of spiritual energy that can be passed from one person to another
  • Jugaad: Hindi for the ability to get by or make do
  • Desenrascanco: Portuguese for the ability to artfully disentangle oneself from a troublesome situation
  • Sprezzatura: Italian for when all art and effort are concealed beneath a “studied carelessness”

good madness

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. – Neil Gaiman