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Can someone help me to describe in just one word a person who is spiritual and kind-hearted and who spreads positive vibes.

Any help is appreciated.

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  • @mplungjan - There are some good candidates in that list – like gracious for one. – J.R. Aug 28 '14 at 8:40
  • @J.R. does 'gracious' mean also 'spiritual'? – user66974 Aug 28 '14 at 8:44
  • @Josh - I think there's some overlap. One definition of spiritual is "of a merciful or compassionate nature." In any case, it's going to be tough to find one word that encompasses all three characteristics – spiritual, kind-hearted, and spreading positive vibes – without spilling over into other areas as well. It's about as good a fit as anyone is likely to find; I was just trying to say that in a short comment. – J.R. Aug 28 '14 at 8:59
  • [Insert central religious figure]-like could be understood as such, depending on audience. – SrJoven Aug 28 '14 at 11:09
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In Abrahamic religions, simply an angel, or a saint.

In a Hindu context, probably a Mahatma ("great soul").

In a Buddhist context, a Bodhisattva ("enlightened spirit").

Also a gem, a pearl, a treasure, a flower, a godsend, a heavenly creature, etc.

There are probably many more options, depending on your cultural background.

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I think Guru may come close to your description:

  • A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

Source: The Free Dictionary

Guru:

  • As a noun the word means the imparter of knowledge. As an adjective, it means 'heavy,' or 'weighty,' in the sense of "heavy with knowledge," heavy with spiritual wisdom, "heavy with spiritual weight," "heavy with the good qualities of scriptures and realization," or "heavy with a wealth of knowledge."

  • The word has its roots in the Sanskrit gri (to invoke, or to praise), and may have a connection to the word gur, meaning 'to raise, lift up, or to make an effort'.

Source: Wikipedia

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For the “person who ... spreads positive vibes” part, consider Pollyanna. From en.wiktionary, a Pollyanna is “One who is persistently cheerful and optimistic, even when given cause not to be so. [Eg:] You call her an optimist, but I call her an obnoxious Pollyanna”. (Of course, given that example, a Pollyanna is not always perceived as a source of “positive vibes” either.)

You might also refer to the person as a regular Mother Teresa.

  • The Merriam-Webster definition of Pollyanna is "a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything." Whether such a person is tolerable for long stretches of time is somewhat beside the point. I think jwpat7 is right that Pollyanna is the best answer to the poster's question. For philosophical (though not especially spiritual) optimism, consider Dr. Pangloss, in whose honor the adjective Panglossian is named. – Sven Yargs Aug 28 '14 at 22:55

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