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The search for ‘Words of Wonder’

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When I first started looking for Words of Wisdom, I got hold on a voluminous Oxford Dictionary and started reading it! Over the next few days, I read the whole dictionary little by little each day.

During the course of reading the dictionary, I shortlisted words on human virtues. Gradually I gravitated towards the idea of having only one WOW word for each of the English alphabets. The final shortlist of twenty-six words led to the book ‘WORDS OF WONDER – A to Z’.

Here is the complete list of the WOW words that were found in the Oxford dictionary. Each word here awaits input from WOW people like you. Someday soon each of these words will have an art and a story associated with it, duly published in the subsequent series of ‘WORDS OF WONDER – A to Z’.

Amit Suri
Curator of ‘The WOW Project’

WOW words with 'A'

ability
abundance
acceptance
accountability
accuracy
achievement
acknowledgement
acting on convictions
activism
adaptability
adoration
adventure
advice
affection
aging gracefully
allowing
altruism
amazement
ambition
anger at injustice
anticipation
apology
appeasement
appreciation
appreciation of beauty
appreciation of
excellence
approbation
appropriate knowledge
appropriate conduct
approval
art
assertiveness
assumptions
atonement
attention
attitude
austerity
authenticity
authority
autonomy
awareness
awe

WOW words with 'B'

balance
beauty
being true to oneself
belief
benevolence
benignity
bliss
bravery

WOW words with 'C'

candor
capacity to love
capacity to be loved
care
caring
caution
celebration
celibacy
certainty
chance
change
chaos
character
charity
charm
chastity
cheerfulness
chivalry
choice
citizenship
civility
clarity
class
cleanliness
coincidence
collaboration
commitment
communication
communion
community
companionship
compassion
completeness
composure
comprehension
compromise
concentration
confession
confidence
congruence
conscience
consciousness
consecration
conservatism
consideration
consistency
contemplation
contentment
contribution
control
conviction
cooperation
cooperativeness
correctness
courage
courteousness
courtesy
creativity
credibility
critical thinking
culture
curiosity

WOW words with 'D'

death (acceptance of)
decency
dedication
deliberation
delight
dependability
desire
destiny
detachment
determination
devotion to virtues
devotion to others
dignity
diligence
diplomacy
discernment
discipline
dis-creation (of what is no longer needed)
discretion
disillusion
dissolution
diversity
dreams
dutifulness

WOW words with 'E'

eagerness
earnestness
ecstasy
education
efficiency
endurance
effort (doing one’s best)
elegance
elevation
eloquence
emotion
empathy
emptiness
encouragement
endurance
energy
enlightenment
enthusiasm
epiphany
equality
equanimity
esteem
etiquette
excellence
excitement
expressiveness
extravagance

WOW words with 'F'

failure (allowing for)
fairness
faith
faithfulness
family
farsightedness
fearlessness
feeling
fidelity
finishing what’s started
flexibility
flow
focus
forbearance
foresight
forgiveness
fortitude
frankness
freedom
friendliness
friendship
frugality
fulfillment
fun

WOW words with 'G'

gallantry
generosity
genius
gentleness
genuineness
glory
goals
godliness
good speech
goodness
grace
grandeur
gratefulness
gratitude
gravitas
gravity
growth

WOW words with 'H'

happiness
harmlessness
harmony
healing
health
heaven on earth
helpfulness
helping others
holiness
honesty
honor
hope
hopefulness
hospitality
humanity
humility
humor

WOW words with 'I'

idealism
ideals
identities (ease of
shifting)
illumination
imagination
impartiality
imperfection (allowing
for)
inclusion
incorruptibility
independence
individuality
industriousness
ingenuity
initiative
inner exploration
innocence
innovation
insight
inspiration
instinct
integrity
intelligence
interdependence
interest in the world
intimacy
intuition
inventiveness
investigation
irony

WOW words with 'J'

joy
joyfulness
judgment (good)
justice

WOW words with 'K'

kind speech
kindness
kinship
knowledge

WOW words with 'L'

laughter
leadership
learning
leisure
liberalism
liberty
listening
logic
love
love of learning
loving-kindness
lovingness
loyalty
luck
luxuriating

WOW words with 'M'

majesty
management
manners
maturity
meaning
mellowness
mercy
mildness
mindfulness
minessence (organizing into higher ordersystems)
mistakes (allowing for)
moderation
modesty
morality
motherhood
motivation

WOW words with 'N'

naivety
niceness
nobility
non-covetousness
non-duality
non-separateness
non-violence
nostalgia
nurturance
nurturing

WOW words with 'O'

O
obedience (to higher principles)
objectivity
obligations (fulfillment of)
open-heartedness
open-mindedness
openness
optimism
order
orderliness
organization
originality
overcoming adversity (& impediments)

WOW words with 'P'

pacifism
paradise
passion
patience
patriotism
peace
peacefulness
penitence
pensiveness
perseverance
persistence
personality
perspective
persuasion
philanthropy
piety
pity
planning
play
playfulness
pleasure
pluralism
politeness
positive bias
potency
potential
power (right use of)
practice
practicality
pragmatism
praise
prayer
prayerfulness
precision
principles
privacy
privilege
potency
probity
problem-solving
productivity
professionalism
profit
promises
propriety
prosperity
protection
protest
prudence
punctuality
purification
purity
purity of heart
purpose
purposeful work
purposefulness

WOW words with 'Q'

quality evaluation
quality improvement
quest

WOW words with 'R'

radiance
rapture
rationality
realism
reality
realization
reason
rebirth
receptivity
reciprocity
reconciliation
rectitude
redemption
refinement
reflection
relaxation
release
reliability
religiosity
remembering
remembrance
remorse
renunciation
repentance
reputation
research
resilience
resisting temptations
resolution
respect
respectability
respectfulness
responsibility
restraint
reverence
right action
right concentration
right effort
right intention
right livelihood
right mindfulness
right speech
right view (Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path)
right use of power
right use of will
righteousness
rights (respect for)
risk taking
rituals
romance
roots

WOW words with 'S'

sacredness
sacrifice
sadness
salvation
sanity
satiety
satisfaction
secrecy (proper use)
security
seeing
self-awareness
self-centeredness
self-confidence
self-control
self-discipline
self-esteem
self-examination
self-expression
self-improvement
self-possession
self-regulation
self-reliance
self-respect
self-restraint
self-righteousness
self-trust
sense of purpose
sensibility
sensitivity
sensory pleasure
sensuality
sentimentality
serendipity
serenity
service
sharing
shyness
silence
simplicity
sincerity
skepticism
skill
smartness
sobriety
social intelligence
social responsibility
solidarity
solitude
soul evolution
soulfulness
spirit
spiritual insight
spirituality
sportsmanship
steadfastness
stick-to-it-iveness
straightforwardness
strength
stress (“good”)
study
success
succor
suffering (with understanding)
support of others
surrender
sweet-tempered
sympathy
synergy

WOW words with 'T'

tact
tactfulness
talent
taste
teaching others
team-spirit
teamwork
temperance
tenacity
tenderness
thankfulness
thoroughness
thoughtfulness
thrift
time
tithing
tolerance
tradition (respect for & maintenance of)
training
tranquility
transcendence
transcendental wisdom
transformation
transition
trust
trustfulness
trustworthiness
truth
truthfulness

WOW words with 'U'

unconditional love
understanding
unique
unity
universality
unselfishness

WOW words with 'V'

valor
values
verbal acuity
victory
vigor
virility
virtue
vision
vitality
vulnerability

WOW words with 'W'

wealth
wholesomeness
will (proper use of)
wisdom
wonder
work
workmanship
worship
worth

WOW words with 'X'

X – The Unknown

WOW words with 'Y'

yes!-ing
youthfulness

WOW words with 'Z'

zealousness
zest

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