FOREIGN WORDS THAT ARE LITTLE SNUGGIES FOR YOUR SOUL
Because the beauty and complexity of human experience extends beyond the linguistic confines of English.
- •"Saudade" (Portuguese)This is perhaps the most beautiful term in all language. It refers to the melancholic longing or yearning that accompanies the loss of that which you once loved. It evokes a sense of loneliness and incompleteness--that vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist. It is poignant, haunting, harrowing fantasy.
- •"Toska" (Russian)At its deepest and most painful, this is the sensation of great spiritual anguish without any specific cause. It's a dull aching of the soul, an empty longing, a sick pining, a vague relentlessness, and a deep yearning.
- •"Duende" (Spanish)This word refers to the mythical, mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person. More broadly, it captures the feeling of sheer awe of one's surroundings in nature, as if possessed by the powerful forces of beauty and light.
- •"Forelsket" (Norwegian)This is the euphoria you experience when you’re first falling in love. It is the beautifully blissful state when all of your senses are acute for your beloved--when your skin tingles with the pins-and-needles thrill of novelty and excitement.
- •"Hyggelig" (Danish)This word connotes feelings of warmth, coziness, affection, and friendliness. It’s something that must be experienced to be known, and could be used to describe the way that good friends, cold beer, and a warm fire enwrap your soul like a blanket.
- •"Wabi-Sabi" (Japanese)This captures a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.
- •"Lítost" (Czech)This is best understood as the soul's state of agony and torment created by the sudden recognition of one’s own misery.