If you experience sudden very high spirits, possibly even a feeling of lightness, you are feeling great elation.

Elation is more than mere happiness — it is extreme, exhilarating joy. It has a sense of rising or expanding, even to the point of light-headedness. To help remember it, think of the (unrelated) word inflation, which has a similar sound. When you inflate a tire, you pump it up. When you are filled with elation, you are also, in a sense, "pumped up."

Definitions of elation

n a feeling of joy and pride

high spirits, lightness
euphoria, euphory
a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation
Type of:
joy, joyfulness, joyousness
the emotion of great happiness

n an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression

a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
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bliss, blissfulness, cloud nine, seventh heaven, walking on air
a state of extreme happiness
a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics
a state of sustained elation
ecstasy, rapture
a state of elated bliss
Type of:
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
(psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

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