13 May 2014

The 50 Most Positive Words in English






A group of mathematicians at the University of Vermont published a paper in 2012 on positivity in the English language. They took over 10,000 of the most frequently used English words from different sources, such as Twitter, Google Books, The New York Times, and music lyrics, and had people rate them on a 9-point scale,  from least happy to most happy. In the resulting data, ''laughter'' comes in at number 1 and ''terrorist'' comes last. Here is the list:
  1. laughter
  2. happiness
  3. love
  4. happy
  5. laughed
  6. laugh
  7. laughing
  8. excellent
  9. laughs
  10. joy
  11. successful
  12. win
  13. rainbow
  14. smile
  15. won
  16. pleasure
  17. smiled
  18. rainbows
  19. winning
  20. celebration
  21. enjoyed
  22. healthy
  23. music
  24. celebrating
  25. congratulations
  26. weekend
  27. celebrate
  28. comedy
  29. jokes
  30. rich
  31. victory
  32. christmas
  33. free
  34. friendship
  35. fun
  36. holidays
  37. loved
  38. loves
  39. loving
  40. beach
  41. hahaha
  42. kissing
  43. sunshine
  44. beautiful
  45. delicious
  46. friends
  47. funny
  48. outstanding
  49. paradise
  50. sweetest

Which words do you consider the most positive? What is your favourite? 


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