Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A mood is a relatively long lasting, affective or emotional state. Moods differ from simple emotions in that they are less specific, are less intense, or less likely to be triggered by a particular stimulus or event, and lasting.According to the psychologist, Robert Thayer, mood is a product of two dimensions, energy and the tension.A person can be energetic or tired while also being tense or calm. According to Thayer, people feel best when they are in a calm-energy mood. They feel worse when in a tense-tired state. Even food seems to play a role in regulating mood! Thayer identifies a fundamental food-mood connection, and advises against the reliance on food as a mood regulator. The low energy arousal coupled with tension, as experienced in a bad mood, can be counteracted by walking. Thayer suggests walking as a means to enhanced happiness.