"Litost is a Czech word with no exact translation into any other language. It designates a feeling as infinite as an open accordion, a feeling that is the synthesis of many others: grief, sympathy,remorse,and an indefinable longing. The first syllable, which is long and stressed, sounds like the wail of an abandoned dog."
"Litost is a state of torment caused by a sudden insight into one's own miserable self.
One of the standard remedies for personal misery is love. The recipient of an absolute love cannot be miserable. All his faults are redeemed by love's magic eyes, which make even uncoordinated thrashing and a head jerking back and forth above the water look charming."
Milan Kundera, _The Book of Laughter and Forgetting _
words getting after feelings.remedies for miserable self dogs.
as already mentioned.