Is there a word to describe someone who rarely or almost never gets upset/angry? The words that first came to my mind were non-confrontational and stoic, and though they relate, they are not exactly what I'm looking for. The word I'm trying to find describes a person that not only possesses the qualities of being non-confrontational and stoic, but 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?

  • What's the problem with stoic? That's almost exactly what the word means. Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 22:37
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    @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
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 22:58
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    Other options include "imperturbable," "unruffled," "serene," and "impassive."
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 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." Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 23:02
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    "Serene" seems very good.
    – MetaEd
    Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 3:16

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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.


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. Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 22:58
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    – tchrist
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 23:02

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. Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 23:18


Seán is really easygoing and it would take a lot to phase him.


Phlegmatic is another word that fits, although it fits 'stoic' better than 'happy':

From Google search definition: phlegmatic — (of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition.



op·ti·mist ˈäptəməst/

Noun: Philosophy

a person who believes that this world is the best of all possible worlds or that good must ultimately prevail over evil.
Oxford Dictionaries


Cool customer, e.g. someone who stays calm and does not show their emotions, even in a difficult situation (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/cool-customer).


Such a person is also cool-headed, even-tempered or self-possessed.


A word to describe a pretty happy, calm and collected individual who rarely and almost never gets upset or angry?

Consider "good-tempered" and "sweet-tempered."


The lack of a conspicuous example makes this incrementally more difficult to answer. If you perhaps want some generic adjectival synonyms for "happy", my suggestions are amiable, blithe, and the always-applicable mild. Another (presumably) acceptable term that could be used in a similar manner is sweet-tempered. On a related note, you'd most likely be able to simply state that the person has a gentle disposition.

Additionally, if you'd appreciate a word that more specifically denotes optimism in regard to (and especially in) a difficult or severe situation, consider sanguine.




having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner.




showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper.

  • happy or joyous.




2. gentle and not easily provoked.




not easily irritated or made angry.



optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.

I sincerely hope that this assists you. If anybody has an inquiry about the content of this post, please feel free to leave a comment about it -- I will respond as soon as I am able to.


Cool. Used to describe a person, this word doesn't need "headedness" for clarification. A former President has often been appropriately described as a person who exemplified this attribute.

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