“Mood” is yet another common word that has NOT appeared in a previous post title.
I’m taking a breath, now, and checking in with myself, to see how that affects my mood.
Is my mood better or worse now?
I’m not noticing a significant change, but I AM in the mood to post a definition:
Mood [mood] noun
- a state or quality of feeling at a particular time: What’s the boss’ mood today?
- a distinctive emotional quality or character: The mood of the music was almost funereal.
- a prevailing emotional tone or general attitude: the country’s mood.
- a frame of mind disposed or receptive, as to some activity or thing: I’m not in the mood to see a movie.
- a state of sullenness, gloom, or bad temper.
Here’s what I’m noticing about that definition (from dictionary.com):
- The first example uses an apostrophe in a way that often affects my mood.
- The first example focuses on the feelings of people in higher positions, which also can affect my mood.
- The second example involves music, which has a strong influence on my mood.
- The third example highlights something that affects my mood, too.
- Geesh! What are the chances? The fourth example is ALSO something that’s affected my mood, too.
Now I’m wondering if the label “moody” applies to me. I mean, EVERY example in that definition was a mood-changer for me!
And, this morning, I can easily think of more things that shift my mood up or down, including:
- the temperature,
- self-judgment (also known as the internal critic),
- people’s (and computer) responsiveness,
- other people’s opinions,
- my performance,
- looking into the future,
- focusing on the past,
- change (in routines and elsewhere),
- other people’s moods (as I interpret them),
- making lists
… and those are just the ones I could come up with, quickly, as I’m writing this.
So …. am I “moody”?
Honestly, I’m not sure (1) how to define the word “moody” and (2) whether that’s a label that fits.
Maybe I should ask myself this proven mood-improving question:
Is labeling myself “moody” helpful?
What WOULD be helpful for me, right now?
How about returning to definition #1, above? Mood is:
a state or quality of feeling at a particular time.
In other words, whatever the mood is … it’s going to pass.
I’m pretty sure it’ll improve my mood to show you these photos, from yesterday:
How did all this affect YOUR mood?
Thanks to people who have moods and to you — of course! — for dropping by, today.