I want to express a sentence "expecting your life"

It's the feeling you eagerly want to see your lover and can't wait.
It's the feeling you get up happily because you know that something will make you happy today.
It' the feeling you live full of curiosity and great mood.

Which word should I choose?
expect, anticipate , or look forword to ?

Or is there anonther word or sentence get close to these feeling??
Thank you

  • Perhaps providing a sentence which encompasses the intended meaning but leaves a blank for the answer might be helpful? – SrJoven Sep 4 '14 at 14:56
  • I think you mean forward instead of *forword. Looking forward to something is the only expression of those three that has a positive connotation, so I would go for that one. Expect is utterly neutral, and anticipate usually as well, except in an expression like "he was full of anticipation" — that is probably positive. But anticipating life would mean to be well prepared for it, whether something positive or negative comes. – oerkelens Sep 4 '14 at 14:59
  • Are optimistic or upbeat too unimpressive? – 0MM0 Sep 4 '14 at 17:33

I would suggest joie de vivre:

Exuberant enjoyment of life:
they seem to be filled with joie de vivre
she had been gripped with a joie de vivre that hitherto had been completely missing from her life


There are quite a number of synonyms at that reference, as well.

  • +1 a similar sentiment is to savor life. – bib Sep 4 '14 at 15:40

Forms of the word anticipate work well with forms of the word eager; e.g.,

  • eagerly anticipating
  • eager anticipation

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