39 English Words You Need To Know to Describe Your Feelings

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

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ESL Feeling of Joy

One of the things I love about English is the number of words we have for our feelings. I am a person who enjoys talking about my feelings so I find it helpful that I can usually find a word that matches the current feeling that I am having—even some of those hard-to-describe emotions.


And, the business world is not exempt from hard-to-describe feelings. In fact, the business world might be the biggest hotbed of feelings, even if we are usually taught to keep our feelings "under wraps" at work.


Recently, I came across a comprehensive list of feelings while I was reading a book called Ask and It is Given. They were represented on a scale from the most positive feelings (for example, joy) all the way down to the most negative feelings (for example, powerlessness).


This list is very interesting to me from both a psychological perspective and from a vocabulary perspective. We have so many words to describe our feelings! Can you imagine that if you mastered this list, you would almost always be able to describe exactly how you felt inside. That feels powerful to me.

Now, I don’t know if you are the type of person who talks about your feelings a lot, but even if you’re not, I think understanding this list could be immensely helpful for your English skills.

I’ll share the list here. Again, it’s from the book Ask and It is Given by Esther and Jerry

Hicks, page 114.