Emotion Thesaurus: Relief

When it comes to emotion, sometimes we need a brainstorming nudge. After all, each character will express their feelings differently depending on their personality, emotional range, and comfort zone. We hope this short, sample list of expressions will help you better imagine how your character might show this emotion!

If you need to go deeper, we have detailed lists of body language, visceral sensations, and mental responses for 75 emotions in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

 

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, you aren’t alone. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression has helped writers all over the globe, and it can help you. To find out more about this bestselling book, please visit our bookstore.

Prefer the flexibility of instant online access and greater searchability?

The Emotion Thesaurus is also at our sister site, One Stop for Writers. There, we’ve expanded the entries to include many more emotions such as grief, lust, and self-loathing. Visit the Emotion Thesaurus Page to view our complete list of entries.

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About ANGELA ACKERMAN

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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7 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus: Relief

  1. Pingback: Resources For Describing Emotion

  2. quietriver says:

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

  3. Angela says:

    Thanks for dropping a note to let us know. 🙂

  4. Bish Denham says:

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

  5. Bish Denham says:

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

  6. Angela says:

    Thanks, Luc! Come back any time. 🙂

  7. 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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