If you’re happy and you know it … good for you. But sometimes the word happy just doesn’t quite describe how you’re feeling, and you need a more nuanced word to convey your emotions or the emotions of someone else.
We learn all the basic words at a young age—sad, mad, glad—but as life goes on, we realize there are many emotions that can be felt in between and beyond these words … and they don’t always rhyme either. Being able to name those feelings is important and can help us process our emotions, express them to others, and learn from them.
Here are some more complex words to consider the next time you’re having trouble describing how you’re feeling.