Emotion Thesaurus: Relief

  • body slumping, losing its stiff posture
  • shaky laughter
  • a slow smile
  • falling back into a chair
  • asking/demanding someone to repeat good news
  • asking a redundant question to assure that the moment is real
  • eyes that go up, looking heavenward
  • letting out a huge breath
  • rocking back and forth
  • a slight moan
  • lips parting
  • showing emotion/kinship toward others (hugging, reaching for their hands)
  • pressing a palm to the heart
  • briefly bowing the head
  • closed eyes, compulsive nodding

Good news! This sample has been expanded and streamlined into book form! The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes, and Smashwords. The PDF is also downloadable via the Paypal button in the sidebar. 


Luc2 said...

I got here through the Toasted Scimitar, and also saw your post on CC. Great lists, and very nice blog overall.

To quote Schwarzenegger: "I'll be back." (insert German accent)

Angela said...

Thanks, Luc! Come back any time. :-)

Bish Denham said...

I like your emotional thesaurus, a handy list to have! Thanks for sharing.

Bish Denham said...

I like your Emotional Thesaurus, a handy list to have. Thanks for sharing.

Angela said...

Thanks for dropping a note to let us know. :-)


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