Feeling words
Help your kids understand their emotions by using feeling words.

By: Family - Family - 3/6/2017

Help your kids understand their emotions by using feeling words such as the ones in this list.  Use these words often—especially while practicing emotion coaching—to expand your children’s “feelings vocabulary.” 

Discuss what these feelings mean, how they create sensations in their bodies, and what types of situations might cause such feelings.  When your child is actively expressing a feeling, label it with one of these words to help him or her understand those emotions. 

CONFUSED / SURPRISED

Appalled

​Baffled

​Dismayed

​Disorganized

​Distracted

​Forgetful

​Mixed-Up

​Overwhelmed

​Puzzled

​Shocked

​Uncertain


SAD / DISCOURAGED

Broken-Hearted

​Depressed  

​Disappointed  

​Gloomy  

​Heavy-Hearted

​Hopeless  

​ Let-Down

​Low  

​Troubled  

​Unhappy  

​Weary


​AFRAID / WORRIED

Agonized

​Alarmed

​Anxious

​Cautious

​Concerned

​Disturbed

​Dreading

​Fearful

​Frightened

​Hesitant

​Jittery

​Jumpy

​Nervous

​Restless

​Scared

​Terrified

​Uncomfortable

​Uneasy


ANGRY / IRRITATED

Aggravated

​Aggressive

​Annoyed

​Bullying

​Critical

​Cruel

​Enraged

​Fired-Up

​Fuming

​Harsh

​Hostile

​Infuriated

​Outraged

​Ready-To-Explode

​Unkind

​Violent


WEAK / SHY

Belittled

​Broken-Down

​Crushed

​Deflated

​Drained

​Exhausted

​Failing

​Fragile

​Helpless

​Imperfect

​Inadequate

​Incapable

​Ineffective

​Inferior

​Insecure

​Insulted

​Intimidated

​Laughed-At

​Neglected

​Powerless

​Run-Down

​Small

​Unable

​Unsure

​Unworthy

​Vulnerable

​Walked-On

​Weak

​Worthless


HURT / FRUSTRATED

Awful

​Bothered

​Bullied

​Burdened

​Desperate

​Dissatisfied

​Distressed

​Harassed

​Hassled

​Horrible

​Jammed-Up

​Lost

​Lousy

​Mistreated

​Pressured

​Pulled-Apart

​Rotten

​Strained

​Suffering

​Terrible

​Threatened

​Tormented

​Trapped

​Uneasy

​Unlucky

​Unsatisfied

​Upset

​Wounded


LONELY / FORGOTTEN

Abandoned

​Alone

​Betrayed

​Cast-Aside

​Deserted

​Discarded

​Disliked

​Empty

​Friendless

​Hated

​Homesick

​Isolated

​Left-Out

​Lonesome

​Neglected

​Outcast

​Overlooked

​Rejected

​Shunned

​Unimportant

​Unwelcome


ASHAMED / EMBARRASED

Exposed

​Foolish

​Guilty

​Humiliated

​In-A-Bind

​In-Trouble

​Judged

​Punished

​Put-Down

​Regretful

​Shamed


CONFIDENT / BRAVE

Bold

​Courageous

​Daring

​Determined

​Empowered

​Open

​Proud

​Safe

​Secure


ENGAGED / CURIOUS

Affected

​Alert

​Concerned

​Engrossed

​Fascinated

​Interested

​Intrigued

​Inquisitive

​Involved

​Stimulated


EXCITED / EAGER

Amazed

​Animated

​Aroused

​Astonished

​Dazzled

​Ecstatic

​Elated

​Energetic

​Enthusiastic

​Invigorated

​Passionate

​Surprised

​Thrilled


GRATEFUL / THANKFUL

Appreciative

​Moved

​Touched


​​HAPPY / GLAD

Amused

​Blessed

​Cheerful

​Comfortable

​Content

​Delighted

​Encouraged

​Enthusiastic

​Fortunate

​Hopeful

​Joyous

​Lucky

​Merry

​Overjoyed

​Pleased

​Relaxed

​Satisfied


HOPEFUL / INSPIRED

Amazed

​Awed

​Encouraged

​Optimistic

​Wonder


LOVED / WARM

​Admired

​Affectionate

​Comforted

​Compassionate

​Considerate

​Passionate

​Sensitive

​Touched


OPEN / ACCEPTING

Interested

​Kind

​Sympathetic

​Understanding


PEACEFUL / CALM

Clear-Headed

​Comfortable

​Content

​Fulfilled

​Quiet

​Relaxed

​Relieved

​Satisfied

​Serene


RESTED / REFRESHED

Rejuvenated

​Renewed

​Restored

​Revived

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