Not in the mood to read this blog post? TOO BAD!!! Haha. 
Wait. Was I just adversarial, angry, and amused all in the same lead? Now I’m inquisitive. Now I’m over-thinking things. Now I’m doubting myself. AHHHH!!!

So, it’s obvious that as human beings we all live with these little emotional states known as moods. What is a mood? Well, there’s some controversy about the definition of a mood, but I think that you can define it by the length of time a person feels an emotion.

In relation to length of time:
Emotion < Mood < State of Being

For example, if a person is chronically depressed, it’s not a mood. It’s a state of being. If a person feels a surge of anger, it’s an emotion, not a mood. 

A mood is an emotional state that can last five minutes (if you happen to be a drama queen) or five days. But normally when I think of moods, they tend to last for about a day.

I know for me I can feel dismal one day, get some sleep, and the next day be downright giddy. But enough about analyzing what a mood is. I do have a point to get to, after all. 

Moods are overrated. 

By that, I mean, that moods need to play far less of a role in society than the do. You shouldn’t be able to use the excuse that you were in a bad mood to justify a negative action towards someone. Likewise, people (even in relationships) shouldn’t be expected to cater to your every mood.

Do I acknowledge that moods exist? Absolutely. But the art of being a great person is to gain control of yourself when you want to be negative. Moods can really hamstring your ability to be productive at whatever you desire to do or, if it is your calling, to be an effective witness for Christ. 

Don’t fake who you are, and it’s perfectly okay to talk it out with the people that care about you. But you’ll find that if you can mostly detach yourself from negative moods, you’ll be a more likable and more effective person.



Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.