EMOTION THESAURUS

GRATITUDE



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The inner landscape of your characters (especially your protagonist) is the lifeblood that runs through your story. Emotions, and how they're expressed, are tied deeply to a character’s personality and which positive traits and negative traits will manifest. To bring your readers in deeper through shared experience, consider filtering the setting descriptions through your character’s emotions while also exploring important colors, textures, and shapes through his or her senses.
DEFINITION:
Thankfulness; feeling grateful or appreciative

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Eyes that are soft, filled with an inner glow
Clasping another’s hand or forearm
Tapping a loose fist against the heart
Placing a hand on the chest
Tearing up
Laying a hand on one’s heart then gesturing to a person or group
Pressing fingers to smiling lips
Repeating one’s thanks and appreciation
Holding onto someone’s hand for longer than necessary
Hugging, showing affection
A light squeeze during a handshake
A smile that has a genuine build and lights up the face
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM GRATITUDE:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED GRATITUDE:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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