Here 36 words to express yourself. We call them 'Feeling Words'Finding the right words to express yourself can be a huge struggle!

Especially when you are swimming in thousands of different emotions, many of which you don’t even understand.

I often used to feel like there were no words that could explain exactly how I felt. I used to wish that there was just one single word out there that could capture the entireness of what I felt at that very moment.

I then began to search the internet and dictionaries to learn new words to express my feelings, hoping that I would be able to find new words that I could truly identify with.

And I did! I discovered new words that I could really relate to which helped to express myself a lot better.

I like to call them ‘Feeling Words’.

To help you find the words that you need to express yourself better, I have researched an extensive list of descriptive and ‘feeling words’, many of which you have probably never heard of!

Some of these are my favourite words. Besides words, there are also other ways to express yourself. For this you can read our article ’18 Creative Ways to Express Your Feelings’.

I’m sure that within this list of ‘Feeling Words’, you will find some new favourite words too.


Apathetic – Void of feeling; not susceptible of deep emotion; passionless; indifferent

Apprehensive – Anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen

Complacent – Self-satisfied and unconcerned: often without awareness of potential dangers or defect

Contemptuous – Feeling, or expressing deep hatred or disapproval

Content – Desiring no more than what one has; in a state of peaceful happiness

Cynical – Believing that other people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity

Degraded – Having been reduced in quality or value; treated with contempt or disrespect

Dejected – Sad and depressed; dispirited

Despondent – In low spirits from loss, hope or courage

Discontent – A restless desire or craving for something you don’t have

Dismal – Feeling gloomy; dreary; cheerless

Enthralled – To feel captivated or charmed

Futile – Incapable of producing any results; ineffective; useless; not successful

Groggy – Dazed, weak, or unsteady, especially from illness, intoxication or sleep

Indifferent – Having no particular interest or sympathy; unconcerned

Indignant – Feeling or showing anger because of something that is unfair or wrong

Inhibited – Unable to act in a relaxed and natural way because of self-consciousness or mental restraint

Irate – Feeling extreme anger

Jubilant – Feeling or expressing great joy and triumph

Lethargic – A lack of energy, feeling unwilling and unable to do anything

Liberated – Free from social conventions or traditional ideas, especially with regard to sexual roles

Melancholic – A feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious reason

Mellow – Relaxed and at ease

Morose – Sullen, gloomy, sad and depressed. When someone is morose, they seem to have a cloud of sadness over them

Nostalgic – A sentimental longing for the past

Optimistic – A tendency to have the most hopeful view

Pensive – Deep in thought with a hint of sadness

Perplexed – Completely baffled; very puzzled

Pessimistic – A tendency to have the most unhopeful view

Provoked – To feel stirred to action or evoking a strong feeling

Rejuvenated – To feel renewed, strengthening and energized

Reluctant – Feeling hesitant and unwilling, usually due to doubt or dread

Tenacious – Tremendously persistent; strong willed; does not let go or give up easily

Timid – Lacking in self-assurance, courage or confidence; easily alarmed or frightened

Valiant – Possessing or showing courage or determination

Vibrant – Full of energy and life


Now that you have learned a whole lot of new ‘feeling words’, choose a few that you can relate to, write them down and remember them. Next time you can’t express yourself, hopefully one of these words will help you do the job.

Do you think these ‘feeling words’ will help you to express yourself better? What is your favourite ‘feeling word’?


Read more

Learn to express yourself creatively by reading our article “Can’t Express Yourself? Here are the 18 Best and Most Creative Ways to Express Your Feelings

You can also read one of these good articles:

– Learn how to identify and express your feelings

Are you expressing you feelings, or just creating drama?

Find the courage to express your feelings. It’s important!


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