Alphabetical Emotions: Unhappy

UI’m sure that we are all unhappy at times. If we aren’t happy then obviously we are unhappy. I see it as a kind of neutral position to be in. You need this neutral position in order to know that you have gone up a level and are now in a positive happy state and if travelling further up the happiness scale you may be overjoyed or ecstatically happy. If you go down a level then you are either in a negative depressed state or in a natural state of sorrow. This is my definition which I’m sure you are already disagreeing with.

Unhappy according to the dictionary covers all those emotions on the other side of the continuum – sad, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, disconsolate, morose, regretful, broken-hearted, heartbroken, down, downcast, dispirited, downhearted, heavy-hearted, crestfallen, depressed…………  and I am only down to the D’s and the list goes on and on.

No I prefer my definition of neutral. I do occasionally experience all the dictionary emotions at times but normally I’m either happy or unhappy in that neutral kind of way.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to Alphabetical Emotions: Unhappy

  1. Sherri says:

    I’m with the neutral too…


  2. I like your sort of neutral position. It’s impossible to be happy all the time or sad, depressed and miserable all the time – unless your brain is experiencing a chemical imbalance ;). You need neutral to judge happy or sad, up and down. Good post!


  3. Hey great post! I think neutral is correct. After all, anything that is NOT – happy is really the definition of UN – happy. Seems neutral enough. I hope you are enjoying the challenge of A-Z. Keep up the good stuff.


  4. M-R says:

    No argument from me, Irene. 🙂


  5. Hi, I’m visiting from the A to Z challenge. I almost wrote about unhappy too! My baby girl seems to always be unhappy these days. The nurse told me she sounds normal though. lol


  6. Happy all the time can’t be sustained, so neutral works for me. Even the happiest days need moments of clarity. i.e. neutrality.
    Silvia @


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