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We go through each day experiencing different feelings as we react to people and things around us, it even happens on social media! Take a look at some of the reactions you can use in person and online.

The word 'feeling' refers to an emotional state. When we feel something, we often react. To 'react' means to say, feel or do something in response to what has happened.

If we find something nice or good, we say we 'like' it.

"I like the slow loris eating cheese. It is so cute!"

On social media sites such as Facebook, we react by clicking the 'like' button when we see something that makes us feel happy.

Green shoes and a bag
Green shoes and a bag.

Flickr CC: MsSaraKelly

When we like something very much, we can say we 'love' it.

"I love anything green. It is my favourite colour."

'Love' can also mean affection towards another person in a romantic way.

If we find something funny, we laugh about it. Sometimes, we imitate the sound of laughter by saying "ha ha".

"It's so funny to watch the baby monkeys play with each other! Ha ha!"

A dog giving a handshake
A dog giving a handshake.

Flickr CC: Yann

We say "wow" when something amazes us or surprises us. It is an informal expression that is used in speech.

"'Wow! That dog knows how to give a handshake!"

What about if you are reacting to something that does not make you happy? In this case we can use the word sad. 'Sad' is the opposite of happy.

"The kitten was sad to see its owner leave for work."

If you feel 'angry', you are very upset or annoyed because something is wrong or bad.

"It made me angry to read about dolphins being abused."

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