To put it simply, you can think of your current mood as your current emotional state. Moods are just emotions that last longer. Though you can experience different kinds of distinct, well-known emotions your mood can be broadly classified as good and bad. Good mood that feels good and bad mood that feels bad.
At any given time, if a person is experiencing a mood then it’s either a good mood or a bad mood.
In reality, there are no good and bad moods. There are just moods that create an emotional state in us with the end-goal of enabling our survival, reproduction, and well-being. Bad moods we call bad because we don’t like experiencing them and the moods we like to experience we call good moods.
How moods work
Instead, it uses moods and emotions. When it finds that your life’s going fine, it sends you a good mood and when it finds that something’s wrong, it sends you a bad mood.
For instance, the great feeling you get after achieving something big is just your mind’s way of telling you,
For instance, the bad feeling you get after you eat a lot of junk food is essentially your mind rebuking you:
“What have you done? This is wrong! You shouldn’t be doing this. It’s going to take you away from your goals.”
You are largely responsible for your own mood
Sometimes life challenges are unavoidable, yes, but how you deal with them determines your mood.
Deal with the life challenges appropriately and you’ll be blessed with a good mood. Deal with them inappropriately and you’ll remain engulfed in a bad mood.
What exactly do I mean by responding appropriately or inappropriately to moods?
When hungry, eat. When thirsty, drink. When sleepy, sleep.
This is responding appropriately to emotions. Imagine how you’d feel if you felt hungry but went to sleep instead or when you were thirsty, ate food instead of drinking water?
This is common sense, of course! Everyone knows what to do when they’re thirsty, hungry or sleepy. But this kind of common sense is rare with the other emotions. We get confused about what to do when we feel insecure, angry, jealous, bored, depressed, etc.
PsychMechanics provides you with a clear understanding of all these emotions so that you may be able to understand what they’re trying to tell you and therefore respond to them appropriately. (see Mechanics of Emotions)
When we respond appropriately to emotions and moods, we’re able to channel them out of our system and feel relieved the same way we feel relieved when we drink water when we’re thirsty or eat food when we’re hungry.
For example, if you feel bad because you have been procrastinating on an important project, it’s your mind warning you that something important isn’t getting done. When you start working on the project, your bad feelings will end and you’ll feel relieved.
Hanan Parvez (M.B.A., M.A. Psychology) has written 300+ articles at www.psychmechanics.com, a blog with over 3 million views and 100k monthly visitors. His work has been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest, and Entrepreneur.