I seem to be a rather foul mood this morning. I'm doing my blog hop thing like I always do, because I have that kind of time on my hands, and I'm not leaving comments. I've read a couple of blogs this morning and they either irritated me beyond measure or made me feel like an idiot. It's all me. I know it is. I know that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or however else you want to put it, but I can't seem to shake it.
Wikipedia describes moods as a relatively long lasting, affective or emotional state. Moods differ from simple emotions in that they are less specific, less intense, and less likely to be triggered by a particular stimulus or event. Moods generally have either a positive or negative valence. In other words, people typically speak of being in a good mood or a bad mood. Unlike acute, emotional feelings like fear and surprise, moods often last for hours or days. Mood also differs from temperament or personality traits which are even longer lasting. Nevertheless, personality traits such as optimism and neuroticism predispose certain types of moods. Long term disturbances of mood such as depression and bipolar disorder are considered mood disorders. Mood is an internal, subjective state, but it often can be inferred from posture and other behaviors.
Where as Merriam Webster says 1: a conscious state of mind or predominant emotion : feeling ; also : the expression of mood especially in art or literature 2 archaic : a fit of anger : rage 3 a: a prevailing attitude : disposition b: a receptive state of mind predisposing to action c: a distinctive atmosphere or context : aura
What triggers your good or bad moods? What do you do when you can't shake a bad mood? Inquiring minds...