The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English
Ailurophile A cat-lover.
Assemblage A gathering.
Becoming Attractive.
Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.
Brood To think alone.
Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.
Comely Attractive.
Conflate To blend together.
Cynosure A focal point of admiration.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Demesne Dominion, territory.
Demure Shy and reserved.
Denouement The resolution of a mystery.
Desuetude Disuse.
Desultory Slow, sluggish.
Diaphanous Filmy.
Dissemble Deceive.
Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
Effervescent Bubbly.
Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.
Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.
Elixir A good potion.
Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.
Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.
Emollient A softener.
Ephemeral Short-lived.
Epiphany A sudden revelation.
Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.
Evocative Suggestive.
Fetching Pretty.
Felicity Pleasantness.
Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.
Fugacious Fleeting.
Furtive Shifty, sneaky.
Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.
Glamour Beauty.
Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk
Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.
Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.
Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.
Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.
Imbue To infuse, instill.
Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.
Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.
Ingénue A naïve young woman.
Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.
Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.
Inure To become jaded.
Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.
Lagniappe A special kind of gift.
Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.
Languor Listlessness, inactivity.
Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.
Leisure Free time.
Lilt To move musically or lively.
Lissome Slender and graceful.
Lithe Slender and flexible.
Love Deep affection.
Mellifluous Sweet sounding.
Moiety One of two equal parts.
Mondegreen A slip of the ear.
Murmurous Murmuring.
Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.
Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.
Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.
Opulent Lush, luxuriant.
Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.
Panacea A solution for all problems
Panoply A complete set.
Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.
Penumbra A half-shadow.
Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.
Plethora A large quantity.
Propinquity An inclination.
Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.
Quintessential Most essential.
Ratatouille A spicy French stew.
Ravel To knit or unknit.
Redolent Fragrant.
Riparian By the bank of a stream.
Ripple A very small wave.
Scintilla A spark or very small thing.
Sempiternal Eternal.
Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.
Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.
Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.
Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.
Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.
Susurrous Whispering, hissing.
Talisman A good luck charm.
Tintinnabulation Tinkling.
Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.
Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.
Vestigial In trace amounts.
Wafture Waving.
Wherewithal The means.
Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

Source: alphDictionary * The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

Relocation Pains and Self Awareness

I’m lonely in this unfamiliar place. My life is in my car; I’m living out of a hotel; and the only thing I have is my job. Friends and family are scattered across the planet, and all positive growth momentum feels abandoned in Santa Barbara.

I can find good things in Los Angeles. Already: endless restaurants, venues and events in the city. Able friends are easing the transition with invitations and introductions.

For you:
Try applying this form to your challenges.  First, state the situation honestly and voice your concerns. Second, acknowledge the positive and potential. Forward, carry the latter; keep an open mind and receptive heart.

Relocation and Relationship Pain

Sometimes change is unwelcome; it can feel like it’s taking us somewhere we don’t want to go. In this case, change is literally taking me somewhere. It’s not that I’m not excited about new opportunities; it’s that I’m reluctant to leave the budding opportunities, relationships and experiences where I am now. Usually, I welcome change; but I’ve noticed others sometimes handle change poorly. Here is an idea for dealing with relocation and the challenges related to the feeling of leaving family and friends behind.

How Not To Handle Transition:
Do not push friends and family away. Yes, it will make leaving easier, but it is unnecessary and painful.

The pain of leaving and the pain of pushing away are similar. Most psychological pain of this nature can be traced back to mourning the death of something; in this case, for your expected future.

How To Handle Transition:
Take necessary steps to ease the moving pains, but as the big moving day approaches try shrinking your perspective. If you will be moving in a month, take life week by week; if you will be moving in a week, take life day by day; you are leaving tomorrow, take life hour by hour.

This way, when you arrive in your new place, your expectations for your future will be a clean slate; you will have avoided the pain of pushing away friends and family; and you’ll still have a support network just a phone call or e-mail away.

How to Triumph in Life

Cómo Triunfar en la Vida
You must succeed.

1. Honesty
    Be honest with yourself.
    Recognize your mistakes.
    Correct your mistakes.

2. Criticism
    Do not criticize others.
    Try to see the best in all people.
    Try to see the best in you.
    Try to see the best in all things.

3. Neurasthenia
    Avoid neurasthenia.
    Care for your nervous system.
    Work hard but in moderation.
    Do not ignore fatigue.
    Rest well.

4. Anger
    Exercise to master anger.
    Control anger through slow breathing.

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Neurasthenia is a psycho-pathological term first used by George Miller Beard in 1869 to denote a condition with symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, headache, neuralgia and depressed mood.

Symptoms: The condition was explained as being a result of exhaustion of the central nervous system’s energy reserves, which Beard attributed to modern civilization.

Wikipedia: Neurasthenia

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