What do you call something that makes you feel good/better, because it is good news or funny. But you were feeling normal before, you weren't sad or anything. But just by seeing that thing you felt better.

  • There's an idiom "to get a kick out of something." I'd say, "I get a kick out of reading Humans of New York every day, because the stories are so heartwarming."
    – ewormuth
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 0:29
  • "After watching /listening [TV program / type of music ] I feel really good." As James Brown once sang : I feel good / I knew that I would now
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 15:37

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You can describe something as uplifting if it inspires happiness or hope. You can also hearten people.

Hearten - Make more cheerful or confident.

Such an object would be heartening.


Perhaps encouraging would be serviceable,

encouraging adjective: giving hope or promise <encouraging news>

(Merriam-Webster online)

  • Good answer, where did you get that definition from? I used the Oxford dictionary.
    – Yeshe
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 0:40
  • +1 @Yeshe, thank you, but I was a minute or so behind your post so I deleted and went with this alternative. I took uplift from Merriam-Webster online.. :-)
    – user98990
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 0:46

You can receive a lift from some pleasant event. Or be lifted by it.


raise (a person's spirits or confidence). "we heard inspiring talks which lifted our spirits"

synonyms: boost, raise, buoy up, elevate, give a lift to, cheer up, perk up, enliven, uplift, brighten up, lighten, ginger up, gladden, encourage, stimulate, arouse, revive, restore; More


a feeling of confidence or cheerfulness. "winning this match has given everyone a lift"

synonyms: boost, fillip, pick-me-up, stimulus, impetus, encouragement, spur, reassurance, aid, help, push;

Google Dictionary


A boost:

  • An encouraging act or comment.

  • encouragement, improvement, or help: a boost to morale.

  • Sammy got a real boost in his confidence when he won his first ever race.

  • The little restaurant got a real boost when it received an excellent review in the local newspaper.

(The Free Dictionry)


Your respondents are creating a fine Thesaurus for you. I add "exhilarating".


A tonic (noun):

  1. (Defn. 2) anything invigorating, physically, mentally or morally

'His cheerful greeting was a real tonic.'

Source: Dictionary.com

  1. (Defn. 2) something that makes you happier or healthier

'This holiday has been the perfect tonic for you.'


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