When I was in high school, a friend and I would jot down “pretty” words that we would come across in class to kill some boredom. You know those words, the ones that roll easily off the tongue and are absent of any vocal staccato.Denouement. Lithe. Assemblage. I came across this image while killing boredom the 21st century way–on Pinterest– and not only would sophrosyne have a notable place on the “pretty word list” but I absolutely love its meaning.

Sophrosyne: (noun) a healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and deep understanding of one’s true self, and resulting in true happiness.

If that is not the goal of life, I don’t know what is.



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