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Also: Passion, Zest

Enthusiasm or passion means throwing ourselves into a relationship, goal, dream, or activity. It means casting aside worries or distractions and embracing instead the delights of the moment or the hope of success. Passion makes us feel fully alive. It is one of the roots of joy.

Passion lets us engage deeply in things that matter deeply. When we are passionate, we have more energy for our pursuits. Passion heightens our awareness and mental acuity. We become more physically adept. Passion feels risky because it exposes us to possible ridicule, rejection, or failure, but it also fills us with excitement and hope. Passion often is contagious, which makes it a great leadership quality Our enthusiasm is echoed in the hope and energy we stir around us.