Have you ever had a feeling that you couldn't quite describe because there was no word in English that captured it? Our ability to fully experience moments of joy in our lives can be limited by the words at our disposal, notes psychologist Tim Lomas, who surveys words from around the world that capture elusive feelings of happiness that may linger for only a moment before disappearing. Here are the Danish type of contentment known as "hygge"; the Croatian mellowness known as "fjaka"; "bazodee," a Creole term for a bewildering joy; and the mingling of happiness and sorrow known to the Greeks as "charmolypi."
Happiness Found In Translation
Author: Tim Lomas. Anika Huett, illus.