100 Adjectives That Transcend The Word 'Pretty'

100 Adjectives That Transcend The Word 'Pretty'

"I'm quite into the idea of engineering being beautiful. " — Sean Booth

Of all the adjectives in the English language, for some reason it has become so easy to boil down men and women to the words "pretty" and "handsome," when in reality we are so much more than that. People have become so accustomed to using these two words in an attempt to flatter another, that we forget how many other words there are that can be used to describe how special we think someone is. Instead of telling someone you think they're pretty, try telling them how much you love their spontaneity, or how much you appreciate their creativity. So here is a list of 100 adjectives that are more effective - and substantially more flattering - than the simplicity of the word "pretty."

1. Intelligent

2. Open-Minded

3. Adventurous

4. Passionate

5. Spontaneous

6. Free-spirited

7. Memorable

8. Thoughtful

9. Strong

10. Daring

11. Creative

12. Kind

13. Honest

14. Deserving

15. Brave

16. Hardworking

17. Soulful

18. Feisty

19. Genuine

20. Courageous

21. Brilliant

22. Purposeful

23. Unapologetic

24. Independent

25. Striking

26. Classy

27. Gentle

28. Admirable

29. Determined

30. Curious

31. Trustworthy

32. Cultured

33. Patient

34. Convivial

35. Persistent

36. Sophisticated

37. Captivating

38 Inspirational

39. Fascinating

40. Ambitious

41. Resilient

42. Insightful

43. Encouraging

44. Hilarious

45. Dynamic

46. Peaceful

47. Graceful

48. Loyal

49. Considerate

50. Different

51. Elegant

52. Radiant

53. Fearless

54. Humble

55. Lovely

56. Well-rounded

57. Amicable

58. Alluring

59. Motivated

60. Powerful

61. Self-assured

62. Versatile

63. Articulate

64. Sincere

65. Resourceful

66. Intuitive

67. Understanding

68. Whimsical

69. Charming

70. Magical

71. Talented

72. Helpful

73. Witty

74. Thrifty

75. Dedicated

76. Reliable

77. Sociable

78. Spunky

79. Adaptable

80. Balanced

81. Compassionate

82. Responsible

83. Mature

84. Sympathetic

85. Nurturing

86. Perceptive

87. Romantic

88. Sociable

89. Methodical

90. Optimistic

91. Confident

92. Studioius

93. Respectful

94. Warm

95. Youthful

96. Inventive

97. Wise

98. Loving

99. Faithful

100. Empowering

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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Taking Time For Yourself Is Nothing To Feel Guilty About, It's Healthy

Your emotional health should be your utmost priority — and you deserve to be in good emotional health.


Renowned Sōtō Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki once said that: "We do not exist for the sake of something else. We exist for the sake of ourselves." We've often been told the opposite, however. We've been told that our worth is dependent on what we can do for others and that our existence itself is meant for the advancement of society. There is no place within our culture to truly exist with ourselves. The parts of our culture that claim to value self-love and self-care tend to commodify it in the form of relaxation products and personal development products — albeit helpful at times but mostly meant to addict us without true benefit to our inner selves.

As a young student, I talked with an orthopedic surgeon — a very overworked, ambitious woman — who told me to learn how to make it in the long haul, whether in my personal, interpersonal, or career life. You had to learn to enjoy yourself and find inner peace along the way. Because there would come a time, she said, when I would become guilty to take time for myself and forget what it's like to really enjoy life. Unfortunately, I made it to that point — I worked and worked and worked until I finally burned myself out. That's when I had to make certain changes in my life to understand how I got to that point and where I needed to go from there.

In the midst of our grand ambitions, it's easy to either go all in or all out. Either to give your entire self to a certain end or give nothing at all. I've been very much guilty of ending up on both ends of the spectrum — I would either devote all my time to writing/school or hit a roadblock and give it all up for a while. It felt like the value of my life was predicated on success, whatever that meant, in terms of contributing more and more and achieving more and more. It's never, ever enough, however. No matter what you achieve, there will always be a million more things on your to-do list. Whatever you triumph over, there will always be a million more roadblocks in your path.

The answer for me was to learn how to exist with myself, how to exist with other people, how to exist amidst all the dreams I had for the future, but also in the present moment where all my past dreams had come to fruition. Sometimes I would dive too deep into myself, and lose myself in thought, as noted in Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life." But I learned to participate fully, each moment to moment not necessarily enjoyable, but I find enjoyable moments each day with my friends, dog, boyfriend, and myself alone with a book or a pen.

Oftentimes as a crisis counselor, I am asked the questions: What's the point? Why am I here? What is there to look forward to? It's hard for me to precisely answer that question because, frankly, no one has anyone answer. But here's an answer that I believe in, born of taking time for ourselves: we live to feel the hope for happiness again. We live for the moments of joy, contentment, relaxation, excitement, pleasure, love, happiness, everything. We live to experience and to find each other. We live on because each new moment brings a surprise. There are many, many good moments in the future for all of us, even amongst the bad.

It's impossible to really experience life, however, if we're unable to take time to ourselves. That's one of my greatest fears, actually, that life will pass me by and I won't be able to experience each day as a full and complete miracle. There's something lost when everyone else gains from commodifying all aspects of our lives. Are you going to keep living for everyone else, or will you learn to exist for yourself? Do you owe the world your entire self, or can you take back at least some of yourself right now? Is it selfish to feel happy and not only to suffer?

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