101 Mood Examples

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Mood is a state of mind which is often temporary. It leans heavily on what a person feels; sometimes, the mood is conscious, and sometimes it is not. The mood is something that makes people behave in certain ways, which can be positive or negative.

Some artists wait for the proper mood to get creative, while some people have a bad mood and can be irritable. Mood is something that happens to all people, and it can be influenced by many things, too. Below are some of the best examples of mood.

Examples of Moods

  • Aggravated
  • Amused
  • Angry
  • Annoyed
  • Anxious
  • Apathetic
  • Ashamed
  • Bewildered
  • Bittersweet
  • Blissful
  • Bored
  • Calm
  • Cheerful
  • Complacent
  • Confused
  • Content
  • Cranky
  • Crazy
  • Curious
  • Cynical
  • Defiant
  • Depressed
  • Determined
  • Disappointed
  • Discontented
  • Drained
  • Ecstatic
  • Eerie (Mood of a Place)
  • Energized
  • Enraged
  • Enthralled
  • Envious
  • Excited
  • Exhausted
  • Festive
  • Flirty
  • Foreboding
  • Frightened
  • Frustrated
  • Giggly
  • Gloomy
  • Good
  • Grateful
  • Grumpy
  • Guilty
  • Happy
  • Homesick
  • Hopeful
  • Hopeless
  • Humorous
  • Hungry
  • Hyper
  • Idyllic
  • Impatient
  • Impressed
  • Indescribable
  • Indifferent
  • Inflated
  • Infuriated
  • Inspired
  • Irate
  • Irritated
  • Jealous
  • Joyful
  • Jubilant
  • Lackadaisical
  • Lazy
  • Lethargic
  • Lighthearted
  • Lonely
  • Mad
  • Melancholy
  • Mellow
  • Mischievous
  • Morose
  • Naughty
  • Nostalgic
  • Ominous
  • Optimistic
  • Panicked
  • Peaceful
  • Pensive
  • Pessimistic
  • Picky
  • Pleased
  • Reflective
  • Refreshed
  • Rejuvenated
  • Relaxed
  • Relieved
  • Restful
  • Restless
  • Romantic
  • Sad
  • Satisfied
  • Sensitive
  • Sentimental
  • Shocked
  • Silly
  • Sleepy
  • Stressed
  • Tense
  • Thankful
  • Tired
  • Unamused
  • Uncomfortable
  • Uneasy
  • Vengeful

Detailed Examples of Common Moods

1. Depressed (Low, Sad, Lonely)

One common mood that people go through is the feeling of loneliness or sadness. Under normal circumstances, this is good. However, prolonged feelings of sadness may have a deeper cause and must be professionally addressed.

Feeling low can happen for many reasons. Maybe a dog died, a family member left to work abroad, or you failed your exam or lost in a competition. Circumstances like this make you feel sad, and you do not want to do anything else. This mood will eventually go away, especially when you have a support system of friends and family ready to cheer you up.

2. Active (Adventurous, Restless, Inspired)

Sometimes, you are in the mood to get physical. You want to run, exercise, or do something outdoors, like taking a hike or riding a bike.

Now, this may sound like a great thing. However, the compulsive feeling of wanting to exercise is linked to a psychological illness. It can be because of an underlying eating disorder or an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

On some occasions, it can be good, especially if you have been physically active for a while. There are times when you want to do more, and it has something to do with your goals and motivations.

3. Creative (In the zone, flow state)

Artists have a mood—some of them must wait for their brains and emotions to be “in the zone.” This can happen to everyone.

For example, you may find yourself one day to be in the mood to complete a project, like a DIY cabinet. You may also find yourself to be in the zone to paint, cook, make music, clean the house, etc.

This kind of mood is almost always beneficial. But then, one has to learn self-control, too. You cannot just do your woodworking because you feel like it if it is already nighttime.

4. Jovial (Funny, Humorous)

Sometimes, a person can be in the mood for fun, humor, or anything that has something to do with being joyful. Because of this, he may ask people around him to play a game, start a joke, or just do things that can elicit laughter.

In addition to bringing joy, a person in the mood for fun can change the behavior of others. Most of the time, a positive person impacts the people around him.

It is why in team-building activities, it is essential that the facilitator has a mood for fun and laughter. It breaks the ice and makes the participants comfortable.

6. Impatient (Moody, Irritated, Annoyed)

A moody person can become impatient about things, even the little ones. For example, you can easily get annoyed by a long line or the temperature.

Impatience is not unusual. We are all in a hurry, and we know that time is essential—that lost time can never be recovered. However, extremely moody people are impatient over little things that an otherwise normal individual does not mind.

Today, being impatient seems to be more common than before because of what the internet has done. The internet made information more accessible and faster, and some people fail to assimilate in an environment that cannot replicate the speed of computers.

7. Sensitive

Being moody also means you are not receptive to criticism. As you can see, the mood has something to do with mental and emotional states, and criticism directly attacks your behavior and personality.

The ideal behavior is to listen to someone and collaborate. However, if you are not in the mood, it can affect how you deal with other people.

8. A Short Fuse (Easily Upset)

Another example of a mood is easily getting upset over little things. While being upset can be emotionally healthy, crying over something simple is an indication of a lack of maturity.

While a mood can be good, it is also a sign of immaturity. Mature individuals are expected to control their state of mind and control their emotions, not the other way around. If you find yourself in this kind of mood, make sure to stay calm and ask yourself how to be rational.

9. Picky

Moody people attempt to pick a fight over the simplest things. This normally happens in couples where one seemingly innocent thing can trigger a fight.

Why? Because of mood. If one person is not in the mood and the other “bothers” him, the guy might yell. This, of course, is disrespectful. If this happens often, the relationship will not grow—you may even find yourself in a messy divorce one day.

10. Determined

If you are in the mood, especially to create something, you will likely not want to leave because you may lose your concentration. This mood happens to artists and gamers who do not leave work or gaming stations.

Coders experience this mood, too. However, this can be bad. You must take breaks when you work, code, or play games. You must eat, drink, and pee, to keep yourself nourished or hydrated.


Mood is a state which reflects on a person’s behavior. Some people are “moody,” which is an indication that they are inconsistent with their behaviors. Mood can be good, and artistic things can come out of them, too.

Mood is generally regarded as a bad thing, as it is often a sign of a deep psychological illness like depression and bipolar disorder. 

A moody person is one who easily changes character. While some may put up with it, most people are alienated by it. If you observe moody, it is wise to attempt to change behaviors that are favorable to your group.

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Dr. Chris Drew is the founder of the Helpful Professor. He holds a PhD in education and has published over 20 articles in scholarly journals. He is the former editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. [Image Descriptor: Photo of Chris]

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