EMOTION THESAURUS

HAPPINESS



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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:
A state of well-being or joyful contentment

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
An upturned face
Smiling
Humming, whistling, singing
A relaxed appearance
Telling jokes, laughing frequently
Laugh lines
Raised, prominent cheekbones (from smiling)
Eyes that dance, sparkle, or shine
A bubbly or light voice
Rapid speaking
Buying gifts for others or offering tokens of kindness
Stretching out the legs, adopting a wide, open stance
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM HAPPINESS:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED HAPPINESS:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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