I recently completed a massive revision of my first middle grade novel. You can find the title of it at the top of this page. I wrote the story in close third person and early on found it difficult to get to the main character's heart. The primary problem was that the MC came out flat and one dimensional. He was acting as eyes and ears for the reader but didn't let these situations affect him.
So I set out to round out and three dimensionalize said MC. My goal was to let him become more emotional and human. During that revision I found myself using some common verbs that help express a character's feelings and emotions, ones that allowed me to go beneath the skin and relay internal information to readers.
past tense forms (clarification for the grammatically challenged):
thought (use sparingly)
Any more verbs that you find useful for relaying characters' thoughts, feelings, emotions?