Mood is not the same as level of happiness. Mood is less stable, more intermittent, more subject to the various events that occur in our day-to-day lives. Mood is variable. Sometimes we change it consciously, and sometimes not.
It’s obvious that mood can ultimately affect happiness. Unless it’s happiness that impacts our mood. They’re linked, but different. We assess our mood on a daily basis and, sometimes, a trivial thing can affect it, whether positively or negatively. Happiness is more stable and is built on deeper foundations. Only significant events can boost it or drag it down.
Mood influences our judgment, our perceptions and, sometimes, our attitudes. It makes us more or less receptive to information. While patience and open-mindedness are characteristics of a good mood, impatience and intolerance are always associated with a bad mood.
We therefore believe it’s important to evaluate mood on a daily basis, to understand how small, everyday events influence our mood. Because if we can manage to control our moods, this can only improve the moods of those around us. And ultimately, perhaps, their happiness.