Image Insights: Kaleidoscope

I saw an image that inspired "Kaleidoscope" many years ago, and have since forgotten where I saw it, but it's been stuck fast in my head since then. I started wondering if there was a word for that, when an image or an idea gets caught up in the wheels of your mind and never falls back out.

That  took me down an internet rabbit hole of words that wonderfully describe very specific emotions and feelings. Lots of those words are made up (but really, aren't all words made up?).  But some of my favorites are words from other languages. Words like...
 

Ramé
Something at once chaotic and joyful.
Balinese

Beschaulich 
Living a simple life; pleasantly contemplative, unhurried in a fashion that inspires mental well-being.
German

Treppenwitz
Literally 'staircase wit'; a witty and/or incisive response that comes to mind some time after an interaction.
German

Samar (سمر)
To sit together in conversation at sunset/ in the evening.
Arabic

Ânanda (आनन्द)
Bliss, lasting contentment; spiritual, ‘unconditional’ happiness.
Sanskrit

Fjaka
Relaxation of body and mind; sleepiness, drowsiness; the ‘sweetness of doing nothing’.
Croatian

Iktsuarpok
Anticipation when waiting for someone, and repeatedly checking to see if they've arrived.
Inuit

Zevlovat
To stare idly and curiously; to loiter, hang around and casually watch.
Czech

Eleutheromania (ελευθερομανία)
An intense, irrepressible desire for freedom.
Greek

Gluggaveður
Literally ‘window weather'. Weather that is pleasant to look at through a window, but unpleasant to be outside in (e.g., cold, windy).
Icelandic

Qarrtsiluni
Waiting for something to happen; the strange quiet before a momentous event.
Inuit, Iñupiaq

Ayurnamat
The possibility or approach of not worrying about things that cannot be changed.
Inuktitut

Seijaku (静寂)
Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity in the midst of activity or chaos.
Japanese

 

And finally, I offer you:

Hygge
A deep sense of place, warmth, friendship, and contentment. 
Danish/Norwegian


For more, check out The Positive Lexicography Project.