Regardless of race, ethnicity, or cultural upbringing, did you know that all human beings contract the same muscles in the face for seven different emotions? In other words, angry people in Japan have the same facial expressions as angry people in Iceland, Madagascar, or Canada. And the same is true for not just anger, but joy, contempt, fear, disgust, surprise, and sadness.
Because these emotional states appear to be universal, they have been labeled the seven basic emotions. Thanks to the English language’s vast collection of words to describe these emotions, we have a large host of nuances associated with of the seven to describe precisely how you’re feeling.
Here’s my collection of 308 different ways you could possibly be feeling right now. What are you doing, and what do you feel about it?
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