Sometimes, you just need a long List of Emotions. This printout is just that. The 57 emotions listed on this worksheet range from simple (e.g. happiness, sadness) to advanced (e.g. inadequate, disdain). It can be helpful to have one of these worksheets handy when you're working with clients who have difficulty verbalizing how they feel. Let them pick from a list so they can better express themselves, and teach some new vocabulary in the process.
If you want to get creative, this worksheet can be used for a number of other purposes as well. For example, you might ask group members to take a few minutes to circle the emotions they have experienced within the past week, and then to share their responses. This sort of activity serves as an excellent icebreaker, or an activity to improve emotional literacy.
For an illustrated emotion list for children, check out the Emotion Faces handout: