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I am looking for one word to describe someone who always does what he loves.

Loving means enjoying something very much, free-spirited means not restrained by convention. Is there a hybrid word?

I mean a word that describes someone who is independent and always does what he loves. Please also try to not make the word too esoteric. Also, the word needs to be positive.

How will it be used?

I am submitting an application for college, and they require me to supply a word to describe myself. I have always done what I love. So, I require a word to describe someone who loves what they want. There is no sentence, in particular, just a prompt asking me to describe myself in one word.

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    "Extraordinarily lucky" is the term I would use.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 17, 2016 at 19:11
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    – NVZ
    Dec 17, 2016 at 19:19
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    Sounds like a hedonist, to me. That may not be entirely positive, depending on your point of view.
    – Andrew Leach
    Dec 17, 2016 at 19:53
  • @AndrewLeach IMO someone might be a hedonist but not always be "doing what they love". Maybe they don't have the opportunity, or maybe they don't think it is wise. I think that hedonism is more about maximising pleasure and minimizing pain, and that doesn't have to mean that you think that always loving what you're doing is practical, wise, or expedient. So if you hate exercise but do it anyway because of the health benefits ("long-term pleasure"), you're not always doing what you love. Dec 17, 2016 at 20:41
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollyanna isn't quite it, but may convey the general concept (ie, loves what he does, which would imply does what he loves, but has a different meaning).
    – user3065
    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:19

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How about hedonist?

OD:

hedonist: a person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life; a pleasure-seeker

I consider hedonist a neutral word, simply a statement of fact about certain persons, no value judgment implied.

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  • I feel that "pleasure" as in "pleasure-seeker" has a more narrow sense than "doing what one loves", since "what one loves" can be a large range of things and the details of what "love" means to a person can be subtle and complicated. In contrast, "pleasure" is much more associated with sensory pleasure and indulgence. So e.g. I might love raising my kids even though there might be a lot of pain associated with it; I might love doing it despite the lack of pleasure, or presence of pain. Dec 17, 2016 at 20:36
  • Although the author's sense of "love" as meaning "enjoying something very much" might be more narrow than the one I'm using. +1 in any case. Dec 17, 2016 at 20:39
  • Pursuit of pleasure seems to be a little negative. Is there something more positive? @Guildenstern is right, it seems to be narrow. I searched for meaning of love on internet and this one seems to be okay. A general term will be better.
    – Existent
    Dec 18, 2016 at 14:13
  • Just for clarification "this one" in above comment means my definition of love not the term. Don't feel yourself restricted by the definition
    – Existent
    Dec 18, 2016 at 14:17
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    @Guildenstern sense of love is best to go with. I kind of meant that definition but was not able to write in words. Sorry for the trouble and replying late. My internet went out. :(
    – Existent
    Dec 18, 2016 at 14:21
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A word that may be in the same vein as hedonist is Epicurean:

Collins Dictionary:

    devoted to sensual pleasures, esp food and drink; hedonistic

English Oxford Dictionaries:

  • A disciple or student of the Greek philosopher Epicurus.
  • A person devoted to sensual enjoyment, especially that derived from fine food and drink.

Merriam-Webster:

    of or relating to Epicurus or Epicureanism

Apparently it should be capitalized when it’s referring specifically to Epicurus, and may be lower case when referring to the lifestyle.

Wikipedia says,

The philosophy originated by Epicurus flourished for seven centuries.  It propounded an ethic of individual pleasure as the sole or chief good in life.  Hence, Epicurus advocated living in such a way as to derive the greatest amount of pleasure possible during one’s lifetime, yet doing so moderately in order to avoid the suffering incurred by overindulgence in such pleasure.  The emphasis was placed on pleasures of the mind rather than on physical pleasures.  Therefore, according to Epicurus, with whom a person eats is of greater importance than what is eaten. …

… which seems to differ slightly from the dictionary definitions.

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  • I think admission officers will only look at dictionary definition rather than Wikipedia. I am submitting an application for colleges, and they require me to supply a word to describe me. Epicurean will give them a wrong image.
    – Existent
    Dec 19, 2016 at 7:40
  • … which is an excellent illustration of why word requests should include information on how the word will be used. Dec 19, 2016 at 18:46
  • Follow-up question: should it be “they require me to supply a word to describe me” or “they require me to supply a word to describe myself”? Dec 19, 2016 at 18:46
  • It's myself. I'm sorry.
    – Existent
    Dec 20, 2016 at 13:04

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