Eunoia

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Sonder the realization that everyone has a life as vivid and complex as your own); coined by John Koenig. English philosophy awareness
Nuchshlepper Someone who follows another person; a hanger-on Yiddish awareness adverse persistence
Iktsuarpok The feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming. Inuktitut awareness persistence feeling
Dadirri Inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness out of respect. Ngangiwumirr awareness
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
Ubuntu A quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity. Zulu beauty character awareness
Qì (氣) Lit. air, breath; ‘life force/energy’. Chinese health awareness
Occhiolism The awareness of the smallness of your perspective English awareness life society
Vemödalen The fear that everything has already been done. For example: the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist. English philosophy awareness art
Mokita The truth we all know but agree not to talk about. Kilivila awareness thinking society
Mātauranga The comprehension, or understanding of the universe Nogay awareness thinking reflection
Vorfreude The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures German time awareness happiness
Yokomeshi Literal: "meal eaten sideways"; the stress caused by speaking a foreign language Japanese stress feeling awareness
Anánkē (Ανάγκη) destiny, fate, necessity. Greek awareness
Énouement The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self. French awareness philosophy
Onism The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits just one place at a time. English awareness reflection thinking
Nodus tollens The realization that the plot of your life doesn't make sense to you anymore. English philosophy awareness life
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
Sophrosyne A healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self, and resulting in one's true happiness. Greek awareness happiness reflection
Moledro A feeling of resonant connection with an author or artist you'll never meet, who may have lived centuries ago and thousands of miles away English awareness connection
Lha’i rnal ‘byor (ལྷའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར) Deity meditation/yoga; an advanced practice in which one visualises interacting with, or ‘accomplishing’ (i.e., being), a deity. Tibetan awareness physical
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
Zhì (智) Wisdom, perspicacity, knowledge. Chinese thinking awareness
Nakakapag pabagabag Something that brings about excessive anxiety or restlessness for a period of time; something that is making you nervous Tagalog stress feeling awareness




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