Day 561: Mood

“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

  1. a state or quality of feeling at a particular time: What’s the boss’ mood today?
  2. a distinctive emotional quality or character: The mood of the music was almost funereal.
  3. a prevailing emotional tone or general attitude: the country’s mood.
  4. a frame of mind disposed or receptive, as to some activity or thing: I’m not in the mood to see a movie.
  5. a state of sullenness, gloom, or bad temper.

Here’s what I’m noticing about that definition (from

  • 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),
  • bugs,
  • people’s (and computer) responsiveness,
  • other people’s opinions,
  • my performance,
  • animals,
  • looking into the future,
  • sleep,
  • focusing on the past,
  • change (in routines and elsewhere),
  • other people’s moods (as I interpret them),
  • food,
  • water,
  • 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?

Not particularly.

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:


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How did all this affect YOUR mood?

Thanks to people who have moods and to you — of course! — for dropping by, today.

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28 thoughts on “Day 561: Mood

  1. Your photos elevate my mood a great bit, Ann. Thank you. It is an interesting time.

    • “Interesting” is an interesting word, Mark. It always elevates my mood, a measurable amount, when I see a comment from you.

  2. Reading your post today, sitting outside Dunkin Donuts , drinking a skinny cappuccino, enjoying a nice breeze softly wisp against my face; I am relaxed in the present moment and happy that I bypassed the donuts. Therefore, I am in a great mood.

  3. The ice-cream/smoothie photo had a very positive affect on my mood!
    Diana xo

  4. I love that motor coach!
    I keep saying that I want a house boat and to live on the water, but I tend to forget how motion sickness tends to get me – after seeing that RV I may have to change my plans and aim for an awesome motor home! 🙂
    Happy Tuesday!

    • I thought that motor coach was soooo interesting and beautiful, too. When you get your motor home, Kate, I hope you motor over to Boston!

  5. Hi Ann,
    Your discussion of “mood” got my wheels turning. I decided to look up the definition of “moody” in my American Heritage Dictionary: “1. Given to changeable emotional states, especially of gloom. 2. Gloomy; uneasy; glum: a moody silence.”

    So that led me to think the word mood encompasses the full range of emotions while moody has negative connotations. And mood can be used to describe our internal state or the external environment or stimuli. Moody, on the other hand, holds a negative connotation.

    Then I decided I’d better read the definition of “mood.” My dictionary had a few, and each had a negative example. I think the creators were in bad moods when they wrote and edited these definitions. I certainly experience being in a good mood, a peaceful, open, anticipatory, enthusiastic or joyful mood, to name a few.

    I have to say that the above response reflects your influence on me, Ann – I’m drawn to thinking more deeply and choosing my words more precisely. I’m enjoying my mind! Thank you for this amazing gift.

    Wishing you a blissful mood on this summer day.


    • Kit, your words are incredible gift to me, also. Believe me, now I feel blessed, blissful and good-moody, in many ways.

  6. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    It is so fitting that you wrapped up this post by noting that moods pass. My daughter used to have severe mood swings in high school. When she hit bottom, the most helpful thing I could tell her was, ‘Remember that you’ve felt like this before….and it always passes.” It was her life saver. In fact, at 29 years old, she just thanked me for those words…..they prevented her from believing that life was ALWAYS going to suck……and gave her a reason to move forward.

    • I am so grateful that you shared this touching and helpful story here. All the best, from my heart, to your daughter and to you.

  7. “other people’s moods (as I interpret them)” – This one in particular struck home, since I just left an editorial meeting where my boss seemed to be in a particularly foul mood for reasons that no one could discern. I was not in the mood to ask him about it. Been sucked into that one too many times….
    I hope your mood is better. 🙂

  8. I get moody sometimes. But – with the way things go in life sometimes & the people around us – who doesn’t?

    Cool motor coach!
    The Red Sox stuff made me smile.
    Wish the fam & I lived in Boston. We love the Red Sox!
    Hope your day has gotten better. 🙂

    • Good points, RoSy! Thank you for this lovely comment. I had my moods today, but, as you said, who doesn’t?

  9. The Red Sox picture affected my mood…I don’t even like baseball but as a NYer & married to a Yankees fan–I couldn’t help but feel my mood turn loyal– towards my town and husband.

  10. Blogs I enjoy always elevate my mood. Thank You !!!!!!! 🙂

  11. Gene Phillips

    It would be a remarkably oblivious person, untouched by the world, who had no mood shifts. If it were a matter of choice, I would chose to be touched.

  12. Love the Tow Zone pic. I have done quite a bit of experimental work with mood inductions. Humans are amazingly susceptible to tiny stimuli. Just listening to a very short tape of everyday sounds, overlaid on one another (birds, church bells, heartbeat, indicator, sea waves, sawing & sanding, frogs etc) could lift or depress mood. This could be done by removing or adding sounds, or by asking people to try and decipher the sounds or just to let them flow through. Mood is volatile stuff.

    • I love reading this, Hilary, especially since my mood is very sensitive to sounds. Thanks for the great comment.

  13. I don’t know if you are moody but I think you are sensitive. Sensitive to other people’s feelings, sensitive in all kinds of ways. It takes extra-refined antennae to have that gift. When you take a reading with extra-sensitive antennae, you’re going to pick up a little more static. Because you are you, you always find a way to turn that static into something useful to your readers. How unfortunate we would be if you weren’t sensitive, Ann.

    When I was taking the train across the prairies to bury my parents earlier this month, I saw many copses of white-barked trees that I thought were birch. A teenager told me that they are called trembling aspen. They are called that because their leaves tremble in the smallest breeze. This makes a small group of small trees breathtakingly beautiful. Ann, you are like trembling aspen, picking up the smallest breeze and turning it into something palpable the rest of us, who are not as sensitive, can experience.

    • Thank you, amazing reader Maureen, for seeing the beauty and helpfulness in my sensitivity. I now feel like an aspen in a wonderful WordPress grove.

  14. Pingback: Day 2841: Mood for a Day | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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