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Is there a word to describe someone who rarely and almost never gets upset/angry? The words first came to my mind are non-confrontational and stoic, though they relate, they are not exactly what I'm looking for. The word I'm trying to look for describes a person that not only does he possesses the qualities of non-confrontational and stoicism, he basically doesn't get upset over anything whatsoever even the most upsetting situations imaginable. He is generally a pretty happy, calm and collected individual. Is there such a word exist?

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What's the problem with stoic? That's almost exactly what the word means. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '13 at 22:37
@BraddSzonye I don't know, stoic means he is able to suffer pain or trouble without complaining or showing what he is feeling, but I guess the word I'm trying to look for describes the person who doesn't really see pain or unpleasant situations as something unbearable or horrible, but think ordinary of it and see it as an ability or merit, so he doesn't necessarily suffer at all, but instead feel proud. I don't know, I might not be making any sense here. –  Theo Apr 23 '13 at 22:58
Other options include "imperturbable," "unruffled," "serene," and "impassive." –  Sven Yargs Apr 23 '13 at 22:59
OK, that makes sense, and while that does correspond to a certain kind of stoicism, it's probably not the usual connotation. Unflappable and imperturbable are both good. Perhaps also a phrase like "unrelentingly positive." –  Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '13 at 23:02
1) sanguine 2) lookup 'upset' in a thesaurus, look for its antonyms, and search there. –  Mitch Apr 23 '13 at 23:37
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Unflappable describes someone who remains composed in the face of adversity or scandal, "impossible to fluster."

Stoic has the same meaning, but often implies indifference to pleasure as well as adversity.

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The state you describe is equanimity:

noun [mass noun]
calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation:
    she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity


The adjective is equanimous.

calm and composed.


However it would not be the best choice in normal use. Google Ngram

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To avoid uses like "placid lake," I tweaked the Ngram to look for equanimous person, etc.. Turns out that equanimous is not used at all as an adjective for person, man, or woman. Placid is historically more common, but stoic overtakes it in recent years, and unflappable is about half as common. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '13 at 22:58
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How about placid? From Merriam-Webster.com: Definition of PLACID: serenely free of interruption or disturbance

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Hi, and welcome to ELU! This is a good answer, although it would be better written as a statement (instead of a rhetorical question), with a link to the source you're quoting. See also How to Answer Questions. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '13 at 23:18
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Phlegmatic is another word that fits, although it fits 'stoic' better than 'happy':

phlegmatic — unexcitable: generally unemotional and difficult to arouse

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