Why Sanguinity?

After writing on this blog for five years, I decided I should probably explain the name. I was looking for a word that meant optimistic and went to the thesaurus, where I found the word sanguinity.

optimistic thesaurus

Its definition kind of blew my mind because not only did it mean confident and optimistic, but it also pertained to blood and life. I knew I had the right word for the title of my blog at that moment. Sitting alone on my couch. I can still remember it exactly.

The sunny part came from a nickname at a job I had when I was about 21: Sunshine. One of my coworkers told me I had sunshine in a bag. And as a writer, I’m a sucker for alliteration.

So there you have it: Sunny Sanguinity.

Wondering how to pronounce “sanguinity?” Wonder no more.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

sean October 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

This is terrific! I had hoped for an explanation some time an delighted it was *that*. Thanks!!


Ms. Becca October 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Awww thanks :) Glad you liked it!


ak November 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Sanguinity is one of four temperaments. The sanguine and choleric sre extroverts; while the phlegmatic and melancholic are introverts.


Ms. Becca November 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

This is interesting. I was just talking to my grandpa about this a few weeks ago. I had never heard of that before! Time to do some research…


Carolina March 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Was led to your blog after seeing you on TSN and seeing “self-acceptance” is what got me here! As I read on, I just found a number of things interesting..Sunshine is a word I use a lot for passwords and such. A good friend lives in Freiburg, I live in MN and my passion is speaking and writing about self-love and worthiness.

So you must be amazing with all these things we share in common! Haha! Much love to you!



Rebecca A. Watson March 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

Hey Carolina! Ha :) You are right, we are both amazing creatures! How random about the friend in Freiburg!?! Actually all of it is pretty wild, when you think about it. I love how life works sometimes. Much love to you too!


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