Emotions Wheel • How Do You Really Feel?


How Do You Really Feel?

When we give ourselves permission to ask the question “How do I really feel?”, we may notice the emotional nuances of feeling bad, afraid, angry, disgusted, sad, happy, and surprised.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)



The Emotions Wheel is a tool designed to help us better identify and communicate our emotions instead of moving through our days without recognizing or thinking about what we’re feeling or why.

“In the years since getting sick and becoming disabled, I’ve learned that a whole range of emotions is just as much a part of my illness as my physical symptoms,” writes Angie Ebba.

Those of us affected by the complex challenges of living with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability may find it difficult to identify what it is we’re actually feeling. “Sometimes just knowing the right emotion can bring a surprising amount of relief,” writes clinical psychologist, Kevin Gilliland. Identifying our emotions can help us communicate more effectively, verbalizing what we need and better interpreting others’ feelings as well.

All of us find it difficult to pinpoint exactly what we are feeling, because we can experience a staggering 34,000 distinct emotions. With so many emotions how do we navigate the turbulent waters of feelings without getting lost? An emotions wheel can help us identify the primary emotions, which is especially helpful for moments of intense feeling, when our mind becomes overwhelmed, and our “fight or flight” response seems to take over.



Begin at the center of the wheel and choose one of the six core emotions (angry, bad, disgusted, fearful, happy, sad, or surprised). Follow that color out to the second tier and choose one of the more specific emotions there. Continue on to the third tier and identify which of the 82 more nuanced emotions you are feeling.

We’ve designed Emotions Wheels for adults, teens, tweens, and even a special Wheel for children featuring both words and faces.

Emotions Wheel

God created us with a complex range of emotions which can be difficult to identify and explain. The Emotions Wheel is a tool designed to grow our emotional intelligence, thus strengthening our relationship with God as well as our compassion and empathy for others.

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Emotions Wheel and Guide • Teens

Emotions Wheel

God created us with a whole range of emotions, some of which can be difficult to feel and even riskier to talk about. Learning to identify our emotions helps us grow in our understanding of God and of others. The Emotions Wheel is a great place to begin!

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Emotions Wheel and Guide • Children

Emotions Wheel for Kids

The Emotions Wheel is designed to help children recognize and name the emotions they experience. As their emotional vocabulary grows, so does their ability to effectively communicate what and how they feel.

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Emotions Wheel and Guide • Tweens

Emotions Wheel for Tweens

As tweens learn to identify and label their emotions, they not only grow in emotional intelligence but also take an important step in learning to identify the feelings of others, which forms the foundations of empathy and compassion.

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Laughter is good medicine!

Laughter is Good Medicine!

Laughter is a respite from the difficulties and unexpected challenges of chronic illnessmental illnesschronic pain, and disability. Humor can become an oasis of God’s perfect peace and joy in the midst of life’s storms.


Show up. Lean in. And be intentionally kind.

Intentional Kindness

Show up, lean in, and be intentionally kind. Kindness is love in action. It shapes the relationships between us and builds a strong foundation of deeply caring and faith-enriched communities.


In the Midst of Grief • Navigating loss, suffering, and chronic sorrow.

In the Midst of Grief

Navigating loss, suffering, pain and sorrow.
Grief is no stranger to those of us affected by chronic illness, pain, and suffering. While there are no rules for grieving chronic loss, there is a road map and there are fellow travelers ahead and behind us on the journey. Grief often precedes growth.


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