For example, say I work with a group of people, and one completes a very successful project. If I feel happy that a teammate has had a success I then I am…..?

  • How about 'happy'? – curiousdannii Aug 23 '15 at 12:08
  • ..happy for them about their success? – Pacerier Oct 11 '17 at 4:21

This appears to be similar to this question, What's the antonym for Schadenfreude?

With the two most up-voted answers being Mitgefühl (a German word for "compassion") and Mudita (a Buddhist term for "finding joy in the happiness and success of others").

  • An antonym for Schadenfreude is perfect. Mudita is closest to what I was thinking. – Isaiah Aug 30 '15 at 9:26

It is possible that you are vicariously happy. Something that is vicarious is, according to Merriam-Webster,

experienced or felt by watching, hearing about, or reading about someone else rather than by doing something yourself.

So, to be vicariously happy is to be happy for someone else's achievement as though it were your own.

  • Actually I don't think vicarious is used this way. – Pacerier Oct 11 '17 at 4:22
  • @Pacerier - Really? Sounds fine to me. It was exactly what I thought of when reading the question, and I was tempted to write the answer myself until I found someone else had. – AndyT Oct 11 '17 at 11:32
  • Vicarious pleasure is widely used as well – Ken Jun 8 '18 at 10:02

compersion - wiktionary

The feeling of joy one has experiencing another's joy, such as in witnessing a toddler's joy and feeling joy in response. The feeling of joy associated with seeing a loved one love another; contrasted with jealousy.

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    An excellent find. Compersion should be a word of the day. – E.Groeg Jun 26 '16 at 12:36
  • @E.Groeg, clare, However, note though that this word is oft-used in sentences which include words like <polyfidelity>. It's better to simply use <happy for him>, or if you need a single word, you'd much rather use the word Mudita – Pacerier Oct 11 '17 at 4:45

If I feel happy that a teammate has been successful then I am happy for him.


Note that the word <compersion> is oft-used in sentences which include words like <polyfidelity>.

To avoid such notions, you may want to stick to <happy for him>, or if you need a single word, you'd much rather use the word <Mudita>.


I'm surprised to not see naches on this list. It's a loan-word from Yiddish, usually used for mentees or ones children, to express the happiness felt when they succeed.

Naches, n.

Feeling of contentment at another's successes.


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