Expressing emotions is a helpful way to relieve a sense of tension.
Communicating one’s ideas to others can be cathartic and pro-social.
This list offers ideas for various words to use to express emotions.
EXCITED alive, animated, charged, delirious, eager, discomforted, great, intoxicated, roused, stimulated, stirred, thrilled, titillated, rocked, tickled, triumphant, wild, spirited
SURPRISED amazed, astonished, astounded, awed, bewildered, energized, dumbfounded, flabbergasted, floored, jarred, jolted, nonplussed, overcome, incredible, shaken, shocked, speechless, staggered, startled, stunned, stupefied, thunderstruck
HAPPY blissful, captivated, cheerful, ecstatic, elated, dazed, excellent, exuberant, fantastic, grand, great, heavenly, pleasant, jolly, joyful, lively, magnificent, special, splendid, super, terrific, wonderful
SATISIFED agreeable, appeased, assuaged, charmed, contented, enraptured, enchanted, enjoyment, fulfilled, glad, good, gratified, nice, pleased, pleasurable, sated, satiated, overflowing
ANGRY aggravated, antipathy, annoyed, bitter, bristle, delighted, chafed, crabby, cranky, displeased, enraged, frustrated, fuming, furious, hateful, hostile, indignant, inflamed, infuriated, uncomfortable, irate, irked, livid, mad, outraged, peeved, perturbed, piqued, rankled, resentful, riled, sore, steamed, ticked off, worked up
DISGUSTED abhorred, abominated, averse, degraded, demoralized, bugged, evil, gross, horrified, nauseated, noxious, offended, repelled, repugnant, repulsed, revolted, revulsion, rotten, sickened, vile, wicked
ASHAMED Blameworthy, chagrined, condemnable, contrite, criminal, dismayed, delinquent, derelict, dishonest, guilty, humiliated, mortified, regretful, remorse, repentant, reprehensible, shame, sheepish, sinful, worthless
EMBARRASSED abashed, awkward, demeaned, discomfited, disconcerted, deceitful, dumb, flustered, foolish, meek, put down, rattled, red-faced, self-conscious, scapegoated, shy, silly, stupid, withdrawn
DISTRESSED afflicted, agony, anguish, annoyed, bad, bothered, concerned, crushed, discomfort, distraught, galled, hurt, ill-at-ease, indisposed, injured, miserable, pained, sick, suffering, tormented, troubled, upset
FRIGHTENED afraid, aghast, alarmed, apprehensive, cautious, dread, fear, fearful, frantic, hesitant, intimidated, panicky, petrified, scared, shaky, spooked, startled, terrified, threatened, trepidation, stressed
ANXIOUS agitated, baffled, blocked, careful, confounded, deferred, disorganized, distracted, disturbed, edgy, flighty, hassled, hindered, inhibited, jittery, muddled, nervous, overwhelmed, perplexed, restless, woe, tangled, tense, uncertain, uneasy, uptight, vigilant, worried
SAD awful, bummed out, despair, devastated, disconsolate, doleful, down, gloomy, grieved, low, melancholy, miserable, mournful, pitiful, shattered, somber, sorrowful, sorry, sullen, unhappy, begone
APPRECIATIVE admire, adore, apprize, cherish, esteem, grateful, prize, regard, relish, respect, revere, thankful, treasure, value
AFFECTIONATE affectionate, attached, attracted, close, committed, devoted, enamored, endeared, fond, infatuated, like, love, rapture, respect, sentimental, sincere, tenderness, warm
RELIEVED allayed, at ease, comforted, consoled, freed, helped, refreshed, rested, solaced, soothed, unburdened
CALM bland, collected, composed, controlled, cool, lulled, mellow, pacified, patient, peaceful, quiescent, quiet, relaxed, reposed, restful, sedated, serene, soothed, staid, still, undisturbed, unruffled
Expanding a vocabulary and greater awareness of one’s emotional state of being may be helpful for people in handling their emotions and emotional states.
It also helps to express emotions with other people as part of a closer relationship.
Carkhuff, R.A.(1983) The Art of Helping. Amherst: Human Resource Development Press, Inc.