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…

Win your readers’ hearts by tailoring your character’s emotional responses so they’re compelling, credible, and realistic.

If you struggle with writing emotions like so many writers do, you’ll be happy to know that this sample has been expanded 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. For more information on this bestselling book and where it can be found, please visit our bookstore.

And the news gets better: we’ve added 15 entries to this collection, including grief, lust, and self-loathing. To access these, simply visit our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, you’ll find all 90 entries from our popular Emotion Thesaurus, which have been updated and enhanced to provide even greater value. Users also enjoy the flexibility of cross-referenced material for easy searchability across all of our completed thesaurus collections. Interested in viewing a sample? Register for free at One Stop, and see what this innovative online library can do for your storytelling.



Angela is an international speaker and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also enjoys dreaming up new tools and resources for One Stop For Writers, a library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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6 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus: Relief

  1. quietriver says:

    This was just what I needed. I don’t like reusing the same body movements more then a couple of times.

  2. Angela says:

    Thanks for dropping a note to let us know. 🙂

  3. Bish Denham says:

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

  4. Bish Denham says:

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

  5. Angela says:

    Thanks, Luc! Come back any time. 🙂

  6. Luc2 says:

    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)

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