What Are the 10 Happiest Words in English?

August 27, 2018

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There are some words that people automatically associate with happiness. What words would you think top the list?

A group of mathematicians at the University of Vermont took just over 10,000 of the most frequent English words from a variety of sources (Twitter, Google Books, The New York Times, and music lyrics) and had people rate them using a nine-point scale of happiest to least happiest. 

Before we get into the happiest words, let's take a look at the list of the unhappiest words on the list. I don't think you'll be surprised by the words that are on this part of the list. 

Unhappiest Words:

-Terrorist

-Suicide

-Rape

-Terrorism

-Murder

I think you get the point, right? 

10 Happiest Words in English:

1. Laughter

2. Happiness

3. Love

4. Happy

5. Laughed 

6. Laugh

7. Laughing 

8. Excellent

9. Laughs

10. Joy

It's interesting how many different verb conjugations of laugh made the list. You can see all 10,000 plus words on the list here. Once you start getting into the list it is interesting to see what other words people associate with happiness. Some of the words that stood out to me were weekend, rich, chocolate, and success.