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Moodscope in One Word. Up for a challenge? Monday May 22, 2017

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How excellent are you at responding to a challenge? For this research to work, I need to ask you a favour. The favour is to decide on your answer before you read what anybody else has written. So, what's the question?

The question is: if you were to describe Moodscope in one word, what would that word be?

Of course, Moodscope is founded upon 20 key words.

Here they are in the order they were randomly presented to me when I wrote this blog"


These are all powerful words when scoping our moods and how they shift day-to-day. None of them, however, are what I associate with what Moodscope means to me personally.

I can't really say any more, can I, until we all start to share?!

So, if I may echo the question again, what does 'Moodscope' mean to you?

Can't wait to read your responses!

(And in case you're wondering why I'm asking for your response, the answer is simple. Moodscope is an important part of all our lives, and it would be great to spread the word. In order to spread the word, it would help to understand what Moodscope Users like you and I think and feel and value about Moodscope. This could then influence how Moodscope is promoted to new audiences.)

I'll share my word about 7pm UK time...

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:01am

I have a word, publicity....or should that be promotion. If Moodscope are struggling then this post will make people run a mile.....sorry lex, but I'm not really feeling like playing a game. If I wanted to do that I would have entered a game show and I might have even won the holiday or the car (at best the cuddly toy).

Frankie Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:43am

Hi Molly. Can't you sleep either? Hope your day goes smoothly tomorrow ... Frankie

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:43am

That was Patronising Frankie !

the room above the garage Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:21am

Hello Molly, I've never met Frankie but I have known her on here for quite a while. She is a most sincere lass who would not have intended to be patronising. Her words would be purely concern coming from her own base of knowing that her inability to sleep could cause her a difficult day following. It was kindness...

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:36am

Fair enough RATG. Thank you for the explanation, I'm on self destruct so apologies for any offence. I intend to leave all social media. It's really hard to come off Facebook, have you tried ? It's like they have a hold on you, took me ages and then they tell me it will take 90 days or something. Anyhow that's life.

the room above the garage Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:24am

I have some social media thoughts for you because it's a great and a dodgy place. Post again later on when I have a spare mo xx.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:27am

Hi Molly, all the words will be used anonymously. Though, you are right, it's very public here. The idea is to help more people.

kickntheblackdog Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:17pm

Hi Lex, If I may use two words. One from the list would be "determined" because Moodscope is a fellowship of determined souls. Determined to live and heal themselves. Second word would be "grounding" since I personally find the test and the blog to be an opportunity to ground my days. Thank You everyone for your help and participation.

Frankie Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:46am

Supportive ... A life-saver ... Can't decide which to go for!

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:49am

Stick with supportive, A life saver is a bit extreme ! Anyway that is two words. Sorry, being silly now. But supportive is good :-) I go with that, supportive. I challenge anyone who can beat that word. Lex will tell you the prize later ;-)

the room above the garage Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:25am

I stuck with Lex's instructions and didn't read others in advance...lifesaver was by complete coincidence the word that flashed into my head. I don't know how many years I've been here but it was pivotal in my recovery (not quite there but near). Pivotal = lifesaver. I'm not sure what path i'd have been on if I hadn't hooked up with people who understood. I don't use the word lightly, I mean it. Love ratg x.

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:48am

Pleased for you RATG, not sure Moodscope is the cure for mental illness but glad it worked for you x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:29am

Co-incidences are exactly what I was hoping for. Moodscope cannot be marketed as a life-saver, or a cure, but we can genuinely share that folks have found it to be a life-saver. Like the Samaritans, the right word at the right time can make the world of difference - and knowing somebody is there. My guess is that 'supportive' is going to be the leading association but we will see!

Sarah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 5:46am

Inspired! I read every morning when I wake up and look for inspiration, sometimes it does and I use it to help me write my thought of the day wipe board. Sometimes I can relate, sometimes it reminds me how far I've come mentally with understanding the power of positivity. I've been learning from audio self help books that I don't have to stay with a thought, that thoughts are just a function of my lower brain and I don't have to believe them, sometimes thoughts are a good guide, but most of the time thoughts are just negative chatter from the past. My thoughts are not me and I don't have to believe them if they are not useful, I can change my focus onto something else. My conscious is the part of my brain in charge, it is only my conscious brain that has the power to veto actions and do things, I do my best to not give thoughts any power. Thanks Moodscope for inspiration!!

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:31am

Thanks, Sarah. That's a powerfully liberating paragraph filled with thoughts I'd like to see in a blog. It sounds like you've developed an effective strategy as you notice how far you've come.

the room above the garage Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:16am


Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:22am

That was clever, making into one word :-)

the room above the garage Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:26am

Clever? C'est moi? I'm going to take that and run! :-)

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:57pm

:-) will be interested to hear your thoughts on social media - is this classed as social media do you think ? xx

Lesley Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:20am


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:45am

A strong theme is emerging, Lesley! Thank you!

Peter Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:30am


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:45am

Thank you, Peter. I find it perceptive too.

Paul Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:44am

Insightful....if that's a word !

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:32am

I believe it is, Paul, and if it isn't, it should be and is now!

Anonymous Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 6:57am

Reassuring. It's great to know that there'll be something to read every morning that reminds me of other people's needs. However diverse we are, we have something in common. We're all struggling to make sense of the world together. It takes away the loneliness of that task.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:35am

Hello Anonymous, there are very positive consequences from what you've said there. As I'm reading you, I'm thinking that the consistency of Moodscope is an important part of the reassurance - or am I reading too much into that word? 'Loneliness' is such an important issue to address. Whilst Moodscope (I guess) couldn't ever claim to be a cure, it certainly could claim to lessen the impact of loneliness by reassuring people that they are not alone on this journey to make sense.

Marmaladegirl Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:02am

Hi Lex - You did it! A youtube post! It's brilliant. So much more engaging to see and hear a real human. I'm sure it will encourage more users to join and also to share their experiences with the rest of the Moodscope tribe. My word for Moodscope would be supportive. Have a good day. Big hug, Marmaladegirl xx

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:36am

Thanks, Marmaladegirl! Trust me, I was very self-critical of my look and sound (I won't go into the self-critical details!) but, had a bash and you've enormously encouraged me xx Yes, I'm real, and I'm 'out' - I really do what folks to realise that Moodscope makes a difference.

Catherine Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:04am

Community ... and may it keep on growing so many more will benefit, are inspired and able to think about how they feel, how others feel, how their children may be feeling ... reach out if they need help or ask for help from those around them, and encourage us all to 'walk in other people's shoes' ... Thank you Moodscope for your wonderful combination of 'head and heart'.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:39am

That gives me a warm feeling in head and heart, Catherine... and the themes are developing already, aren't they? Community (Tribe), Support, Reasurrance... ...I'll share the whole list once the day has run on all time zones of the world. And for some, Lifesaving.

Pablo Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:20am


I like the way you spelt favour too.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:39am

Thanks, Pablo... I love the Oxford Comma too... but that's another helpful story! ;0)

Mary Wednesday Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:01pm

I was brought up to believe the Oxford comma was an abhorrent and utterly unnecessary evil. I now embrace it with fervour and delight!

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:48pm

Is it not almost as gorgeous as the correct use of 'to whom...'?

Pablo Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:25am

Hi Lex, just seen your youtube video. Well done. I had you pegged as an American hence the favor/favour comment.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:40am

British of Irish decent... wish I had the Irish accent, but I am who I've become! I look forward to returning a favour to you!

Orangeblossom Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:29am

Hi Lex, thanks for the blog. Please can I choose two words which are encouraging & thought-provoking. Choosing only one was extremely difficult for me.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:41am

Of course, you can have two, Orangeblossom! The one word challenge can help with focus, but it is the rich diversity and shared meanings that are the end result that is sought. I have to say that the words people are sharing are lifting my spirit. Such powerful and 'good' words.

PInkwaterfairy Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:41am


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:42am

Love it!

Mary Wednesday Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:02pm

Oh yes, PWF - I love that one too.

Karin Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:41am

Uplifting - because when I feel I'm not able to do stuff and I read this I feel I understand something about myself and others and it lifts my mood and I'm much better able to carry on with my day. It is magical how the subject of the day or the day before has a strong message for me that helps me this way!

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:42am

That's going to encourage the community so much, Karin. Thank you.

Another Sally Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:46pm

The word magical sprang to my mind. Not that Moodscope does magic, but because of the uplifting effect. I also like supportive and community.

Tutti Frutti Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:41am

My immediate thought was "helpful". I will have a read of the comments now and see if I have anything else to say. I wonder if any of us will come up with anything Caroline wants to use in advertising the site? Love TF x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:44am

Hi Tutti Frutti, the article was written with Caroline's agreement, so I'm sure it is going to inform some of our future Social Media 'outreach' (if that's a useful term). Of course, we have to be very careful about claims, but words from Moodscope Users as we have all shared above are our 'truth' - the truth of our experience - and that is very important social endorsement of this vital gift to the community.

Tutti Frutti Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:01am

The other words all chimed with me as well and I came away thinking many of them were better descriptions than helpful. (It is many years since I did any amount of writing other than very technical stuff describing calculations and results - so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that others have managed to express my views rather better than I have!) Love TF x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:04am

Oo, I wouldn't abandon 'helpful' as a great choice yet. Let's see what happens. We're after a response from the heart - which is what you gave. If I was allowed two words, I'd be choosing, 'helpful' and 'supportive'! (I feel I can say my choices now that we're in the flow of responses.)

Jane Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:05am

Wisdom. I find the thoughts people write are full of wisdom and insight and I find them all highly inspiring and comforting. People's honesty, openness and humility is just so refreshing and I love reading them every day. Bless you all x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:13am

Thank you, Jane. 'Wisdom' is a powerful word to describe Moodscope because it really is people's discoveries based on their own experiences. This is no self-help book, this is the people who are there in the experience sharing their wisdom of how to cope. Very helpful, thank you. x

Mary Wednesday Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:05pm

I'm going to say a big thank you to you Jane, for that. As I seem always to write from a very personal angle, I so often worry about seeming selfish, or self-absorbed. It's so good to know that you interpret our sharing as openness and honesty (I won't ever claim humility - that's waaaay too much for me!)

LP Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 1:25am

Hi Mary, not sure if you'll see this, but I wouldn't worry too much about seeming self absorbed. I get the same thing from that inner critic! It's not self absorbed, it's just wise to try not to speak for anyone else. LP xx

Anne Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:05am

Affirming.... It gives me comfort and hope x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:10am

With your permission, Anne, I'd like to add all three words to the research results: affirming, comfort, hope x

Tutti Frutti Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:08am

Hi Lex
I think it's great that moodscope are planning to try and spread the word. Loads of people who could get help haven't even heard of the site yet (eg a friend I mentioned it to yesterday) and you can use the site for free so advertising it is about helping more people not about making money as far as I am concerned. Love TF x

Tutti Frutti Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:09am

Oops should have been a reply to my chat with Lex above. TF x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:11am

I had a chat with Caroline and Adrian about the demographics - and we have a real need/opportunity to widen awareness of Moodscope. This means that I'm increasingly excited about today's responses. We can share what's helped us and make a difference.

Eva Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:11am

Baseline, Moodscope gives me mine, and also reveal, and assess because a campaign can be more than one word! :)

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:14am

Thanks, Eva, I'll take more than one work! First time a measurement word has been shared, which I think is vital.

Sarah yellow rose Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:32am

Safe. At first I thought of Inspired after choosing from the list, interesting because that's what the other Sarah chose. I'll stick with safe because Moodscope feels like a safe community

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:37am

That's a very important word, I believe. Thank you, Sarah yellow rose.

Jul Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:44am

Morning Lex. I think my word would be Grounding. Hope that's a word! Jules xx

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:03am

That's a very strong word, Jules - an essential part of Moodscope - thank you xx

Mary Wednesday Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:06pm

I was thinking of that word, too, Jul, but couldn't see how I could make it work. As soon as you said it - I see it works just fine.

Sally Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:54am

My word would be cradling. It is maybe not a real word , but I feel cradled when I read Moodscope blogs and comments. People get it. Thanks, Lex

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:04am

Not only a great word, Sally, it stimulates very positive pictures in my imagination. Thank you!

Jul Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:54am

Oh dear! My word grounding isn't very dynamic as far as publicity os concerned. I was thinking more about how it makes me feel on reading the blog each day and also when I'm doing things during the day and the thought of Moodscope comes into my mind. However for a publicity word I guess I would use supportive. Jules x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:05am

What we want to do is get the value of Moodscope over to more people, as seen by users like yourself and us all on this page so far. I think 'grounding' is important - as is the measurement aspect. All inputs are valuable for this exercise because they are 'real' perceptions. Lex'x

Carol Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:57am

Hi good morning hmm..this is a tough one the 1st time I heard about moodscope I was afraid not of this but of myself I suppose I was looking for a glimmer of light. My word would be grateful as I was to find a site and blog with real people not some robotic answers another word is encouraging why because for me I find it encouraging to speak not been judged. Reading these blogs listening to people honest people some I find witty with a sense of humour which makes me smile helps lift that cloud. Others I can sense the same bewilderment I guess also a sense of desperation or I'm just probably talking about myself . Interest yes it makes me take a interest also I have to think and focus on the words it's a big mean feat when your in a brain fog ... so also another word would be achievement why I did it a big hurdle I've read and even write yes ...I know I babble but for me it's a good thing I hope you don't think that's me been selfish's good to listen to my own inner voice knowing I'm crawly out of that hole I'm in.
Even preparing to get my brolly out it can't rain for ever that black clouds is...going to go wow I said is so I'm determined to put up a fight for whom me !! I'm quite willing to take passengers anyone want to join me destination is where ever your sanctuary is can always make a few stops ? I guess this is the start of our journey .. and it's good to know we're not alone we're all in this together. Reason..also a good word we are the reason were together why to help each other's a reassurance too ..
OK that's enough from me today .. x

LP Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:28am

Some fantastic words Carol! X

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:08am

Hi Carol, your words are creating an animation in my mind's eye. Beginning with the brain fog and clouds, I can imagine them lifting as we explain the shared journey Moodscope takes us on. Brill x (Has anyone seen the animations used in Headspace? That's the style I was 'seeing'.)

Carol Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 12:30pm

Thank you for replying it's greatly appreciated watched you on YouTube very inspiring so many words spring into my head yet none are negative..there's no patronising on here which is a great thing .

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:50pm

This whole 'non-judgment' and 'non-patronising' aspect is an essential element of moodscope's inclusiveness, isn't it, Carol?

Valerie Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:02am

I think my word would be acceptance.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am

Thank you, Valerie. I was musing on the whole non-judgmental aspect mentioned by Carol and others, and you've framed that in a positive single word - very helpful.

Terence Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:10am

'Friendly'.....usually! :-)x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am

Usually! lol x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am

...but always from the right space

LP Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:24am

One word from me? Are you kidding me Lex? :)))
Enlightening or reliable.
I hesitated with enlightening, as I didnt want to exaggerate, but there definitely have been ideas shared that I have found enlightening. It applies to the self assessment tool as well.


I'm going to stop! I love words and could quite easily keep going all day!
If I had to choose one, I'd probably choose from some of those mentioned by others, but it'd be a tough choice!

Such a great blog Lex, it has a great purpose, but it has cheered me to think about all those wonderful benefits. I think I'll star this blog as a pick-me-up if I need a boost!

Lol, it makes me smile that this cheery enthusiasm will fade when I get going :) Good wishes to you and all, LP :) xx

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:11am

Hi LP, you can have as many words as your heart desires xx

Sarah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:33am

Reassuring is my word. Sorry it's already been used today! I've used moodscope daily for 5 years since my diagnosis of bipolar. It's really helped to keep track of my moods. One day I'll be brave enough to contribute to the blog! Thanks to everyone that does blog here, so many of the pieces resonate with me and are inspiring, helpful and supportive. Thanks Moodscopers - long may this service continue! Sarah R xx

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:13am

Hi Sarah - I'm actually looking for repetition - as part of the research. I'm hoping a dominant theme will emerge. I expect you've seen those word clouds where some words are bigger than others? That's what I've got in my mind's eye. xx

Helen Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:40am

My word is "support"

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:13am

Love that word, Helen! And it has deep significance.

roberta Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:40am


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:13am

Roberta! What a wonderful word!

A View from the Far Side Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:41am


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:14am

AVFTFS... this is also very significant - we've had 'life-saving' from some, and now 'life-changing'.

Adrian Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:44am


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:15am

Hi Adrian - my inner light bulb is shining with you!

Kelly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:00am


Not alone

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:15am

Yes, Kelly! Yes!! Yes!!!

Susannah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:01am

Damn. I have two: Supportive, Compassionate.
Can't choose.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:15am

Don't have to choose, I'll take 'em both gladly, dear Susannah!

The Gardener Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:18am

Lex, you've really started something. I read Moodscope early - heard the squeak of Mr G's stair-lift, coming down to breakfast after nurses finished with him. He'd started in full grumble, and I was in headless chicken mode. I seized on 'attentive'. Many nuances, I know - I transposed it to concentrate, organise. 'Grouping' outings - already got myself an hour in the sun on my terrace (Mr G at respite). Then decided to 'attend' to self, look after feet (sadly neglected, always filthy with gardening operations) and finger-nails, bought nail-varnish. So, a huge 'Thank you', looks like you are going to be glued to computer judging by responses. Good on ya (Leah speak, I think)

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:52pm

That's a great word for how Moodscope empowers, The Gardener. Attention and attentiveness are currencies that so many folks don't have. Let's be attentive to our state, and scope it out... Good on ya, indeed!

Sal Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:56am

Uplifting !!

And I do spread the word, every chance I get :) Including at the annual Peerfest, organised (I think) by the charity Mind, so I hope they get / have got in touch. Peerfest is a celebratory day showcasing many approaches to peer support in mental health, which moves around the UK to different venues; last year it was in November in London. Moodscope would be an excellent addition to what I saw there.

Good question Lex, and 85 comments so far - wow!

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:53pm

Hi Sal, so glad you're flying the flag and waving the banner for our beloved Moodscope! In know Caroline monitors our chats to keep us all safe - so she will know if Mind have got in touch. It is a bit 'Wow!' today, isn't it?!

The Gardener Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:56am

With Kelly - not alone - and 'life-line' always somebody there. Twice, in despair, I've tried French SOS (Samaritans only work in UK). Each time a machine says 'we are overwhelmed, please try later!!' (My exclamation marks)

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:54pm

I hoping you're joking about the 'we are overwhelmed' - but am guessing you're not, dear Gardener. That's so seriously in need of some attentiveness!

Pennie-Lynn Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 11:15am

Chorus...because we are all singing variations of the same song

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:55pm

I hear the Moodscope Choir, Pennie-Lynn! But then again, I've heard my singing...

Sheena Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 11:16am

Perceptive - self perception and self reflection being key. It is a few minutes to give oneself some time to assess just how one is and to realise how others who share are also learning about themselves. Sheena

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:55pm

Thanks, Sheena - there are quite a few words being shared around perception and awareness. This is really helpful.

Chris Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 11:45am

Diagnostic - closest I can get to something that gives me some advance notice of potential trouble ahead; sort of like an emotional sat-nav. :)

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:56pm

What a great metaphor, Chris - and very in keeping with the 'scope' idea. Thank you.

Charlie Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 12:31pm

Supportive - as a community of like-minded folk, as a CBT tool, as a daily comfort - all those things to me give me support.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:57pm

Hi Charlie, my money is on 'supportive' as coming out as the dominant theme, but you've added the vital community and like-minded aspect. Thank you.

Donna Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 12:47pm


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:57pm

Yes! I agree, Donna!

Mary Wednesday Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 12:58pm

Helpful. Sorry to be so anodyne, but that was the first one that came into my head. Therapy is another one, but I think that is my writing, not MS itself.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:58pm

'Helpful' and 'Supportive' seem to be the dominant choices, Mary Wednesday! And what great choices they are!

A Suitable Handle Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:44pm

My word, without having read the other comments: self-discovery.

I feel like Moodscope helps me develop awareness of myself. Both the mood in the moment (or for the current day, as I tend to enter my scores as a summary rather than a snapshot), and for the trends and cycles. I start to learn how different events affect my moods and what the components of recovery look like. It develops a sense of peace even in the turbulent times, and at the root of it all is the self-discovery.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 1:59pm

A suitable handle from A Suitable Handle, I'd say: self-discovery is essential yet rare. Thank you!

Little Black Cat Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:20pm


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 4:11pm

Another heart-warming word - thank you, Little Black Cat

Tim Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:40pm


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 4:13pm

Yes, Tim - it really does help with reflection. If you've ever come across Howard Gardner's model of Multiple Intelligence, you'll know how this resonates with intra-personal intelligence.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:52pm

Hi Lex and everyone that has responded so far. Fantastic response and great answers and comments so I'd like to say thank you.

I have had a few suggestions sent directly to me so I'd like to add these to the pot:

1. My one word is 'Community'. The feeling that you are not alone. The feeling that others are suffering the same thing and feel the same feelings. The hope that reading the articles give me everyday. Tina

2. Motivational. Sarah

3. Check-in. Adrian

4. My word that I feel best describes Moodscope is Comforting… Ian

5. Honest. Angela

All good. Caroline

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 4:14pm

Aye, all great words - I'm looking forward to collating our feelings and opinions on the value of Moodscope. A very affirming day for you, Caroline. Our thanks to you and Adrian for continuing to make this possible.

Anonymous Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 3:14pm


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 4:14pm

Bingo - and consistently so!

Rose Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 3:43pm

Fun! A fun way to measure mood.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 4:15pm

I'm so glad to see that word, Rose. It is fun, isn't it? And so easy to do.

Vickie Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 3:54pm

Haven - a safe place that provides opportunities to connect and share experiences

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 4:15pm

Such a beautiful word, Vickie... thank you.

The librarian Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 4:38pm

Resourceful - a great resource full of resourceful people contributing & commenting.

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 5:32pm

Perfect! Thanks to The Librarian!

Anke Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 7:00pm


Thank you xx

If I want to write a blog do I just email it to you and you maybe share it sometime? Is that how it works? I'm scared!

the room above the garage Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:18pm

Hello Anke, yes! Email it in and Caroline will be in touch with you sometime after. Scared is ok, it means you're alive, it means you care and, most importantly, it means when you meet that challenge you will have taken a huge step which can never be taken away from you. I was scared. Shaky even. Would people read? Would they respond? Would they say they didn't like it? They read. They responded. Nobody has ever told me they didn't like it. Its a good crowd. Write it. Love ratg x.

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:06pm

I was scared too Anke - but it really is a nice feeling if it is published and makes you feel you have made an achievement and as RATG says, people are kind on here apart from the odd bad comment from people like me on a bad day ! But don't hesitate - do it! You will be glad that you did. Molly xx

the room above the garage Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:21pm

Here I sit awaiting Lex's word. I'm hoping it's a few words along the lines of "i'm ordering pizza for all of you". Trust me to bring food into it. I've told myself off and shall sit patiently :-D

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:32pm

Well, I'll top off the day with my choice which was 'support' - a simple, strong word that is an anchor for me when my oceans get rough. Now to pizza...

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:39pm

As you may come across as a little bit silly if you reply to your own choice of word, I'll do it for you. Good choice Lex, I do think Moodscope supports people in time of need. Mine's a meat feast please. Yum yum. Carolinex

LH Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:48pm

Great-and you give much support to others as well as receiving that anchor of support Take care x

Salt Water Mum Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 8:38pm

Hi everyone,

I've jumped right to the end presuming I am too late but no, I read TRATG and you are waiting for Lex's word and results - loving the pizza ref ...

My word - it's all about not feeling alone for me, not feeling like I'm the only one struggling... so my word... is... reassuring ...

and... comforting...

which are the same thing really

so, sorry... that's two words!

where's the pizza ????


Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:33pm

Well, not sure how to deliver Pizza to so many but I'll have a word with Santa - who manages so much successfully! x

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:23pm

What a great response ! I am waiting for pizza too now :-)

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:34pm

...well we could have another stream of comments by asking which topping!!!

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:43pm

true !! :-) But are there 140 different toppings ?? oh dear, had better not tempt you with that one. I will just have cheese on mine ;-)

Heather Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:34pm

Lifeline in the sense of a buoyancy aid!

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:35pm

Excellent themes with 'life' as the first part. I'll gather all the contributions together, Heather. Thank you!

LH Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:39pm

My word is Helpful
Interesting, if you Google meaning of helpful you get alot of the other positive descriptive words that people have submitted
Thanks Lex

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:35pm

Thanks, LH - helpful seems a dominant theme too. Fits perfectly.

Another Sally Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:50pm

Wow Lex, 135 comments, you really started something. Thank you so much for sparking such a big response. I like supportive and community. Hello to all the Moodscopers, I'm glad that you are out there rooting for me and everyone else who reads the blog. Cheers.
Another Sally x

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:36pm

Thanks, Another Sally! Yes, a grand response today, confirming my positive belief that we are growing as a community.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:53pm

Come on Lex, you're 2 hours and 53 minutes late... please can you put us out of our misery and tell us your word!! Carolinex

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:37pm

It was 'support', Caroline. Simple, strong, just what I need - but every other word shared today has resonated with how I feel and think about Moodscope too.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:01pm

And another one:

Helpful. Gloria

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:37pm

A strongly dominant theme today!

Dolphin Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:09pm

I'm a bit late and the word has already been used, but mine is enlightening. Moodscope so often opens up my perspectives and widens my thoughts of possibilities. It helps me to question my limitations and sense of helplessness. xx

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:38pm

Hi Dolphin, I love this sense of positive challenge to help us move forwards. Thank you!

Lex Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:39pm

Awesome day, Moodscopers! I'm up at 4.30am tomorrow (UK), so I'll bid you a good night and of course leave the final collation for a couple of days to let everyone who wants to have their say. Thank you for your generous contributions today.

Anonymous Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:47pm

When you're in a dark place this is a safe supportive and non judgemental place you can come to. You can take it or leave it, stick with it or come back to it. It connects with the You that you think is lost and gently leads you back to connecting with the others you think you're so different from.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:58pm

Really interesting - and I think a very good description of how many people use it. Thank you. Caroline

Molly Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 8:20pm

I agree, a very good description. Moodscope is not 'in your face' like some social media sites, it takes the pressure of somehow. Take it or Leave it, yes! and people talk sense on here and I get the feeling that they actually care. M xx

Leah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 10:53pm

I hav been asleep while most words were posted- time zones so I have three in case some have been mentioned.
Reassuring- to know there is usally someone who thinks as differently as me!
Encouraging to have a go or to change
Motivating even when I don't want to

Thanks moodscope and lex for this opportunity.
PS For those who were asking about Buddy system Caroline has answered your queries on my Saturday blog, in case you have not checked.

Lex Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 5:42am

There's a lovely flow there, Leah - from a baseline of security through to the courage of facing new adventures. Thank you.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 11:00pm

Lots to read leah! Good choice of words. Thanks. Carolinex

Nicco Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 11:46pm

'Not Alone' (sorry, that's two!) I haven't read anyone else's but also the words 'relief', 'comfort', & 'learning' came to mind. Thanks Lex.

Lex Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 5:43am

Brilliant, Nicco - appreciate all those words.

Monica Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 8:13am

Relief is a wonderful word, as is comfort and learning, as we all learn by using Moodscope =)

LP Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 1:39am

Just thought of another one. Awareness. X

Lex Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 5:44am

...and what a great word to think of! x

Anne Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 6:00am

Two words here: practice and encouragement

Monica Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 8:11am

Helpful is the word that comes to mind to describe Moodscope...also supportive as the community of Moodscope is here to support each other as we all work through our mental illnesses. The Moodscope quiz is helpful in determining what might trigger us in down days and what can uplift us for brighter days.

S Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 8:36am

Late to the party- sorry Lex! I think supportive and safe sum it up for me!

The Gardener Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 9:49am

Was at the 'party' earlier! Returned from own blog today. The words on the cards are the 'well-spring', what they generated is a sense of community - would seem to be the consensus.

Leah Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 10:51am

I know you are going to tally everything so I want spoil it as I did my own- I love words and alphabetising things.
Just a few questions before you tally?
Which letter started more words?
Which word was mentioned the mist?
Which came second?
How many different words mentioned?

Yes i have too much time on my hands- well I procrastinate by ding other things.
I have one complaint I never got my pizza!!!

Molly Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 8:15pm

Those questions are a tall ask Leah. I have a question for you. Would you just have cheese on your pizza, or a meat feast? Or something inbetween? I will send one to you, but it might take a while to get there, therefore might be cold by the time of arrival xx

Leah Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 10:52am

Most not mist. Doing not ding!!

Wyvern Tue, May 23rd 2017 @ 12:07pm

Late response ... had to think about it over night: reassuring; encouraging.

LP Wed, May 24th 2017 @ 12:24am

Do you have a word Caroline? :)

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, May 24th 2017 @ 9:53am

Hi LP, I couldn't decide on one - mine would be supportive, inclusive, caring, informative. Love everyone's contributions and it's great to know how Moodscope is helping people in different ways. Carolinex

Melanie Wed, May 24th 2017 @ 1:18pm

Wow such a response! My word was support. Just did not get the chance to say. Lex did you say what your own word was? :)

Melanie Wed, May 24th 2017 @ 1:21pm

Ha ha that is funny and synchronous - I scrolled up and see that Lex' word is also support! :)

Lex Fri, May 26th 2017 @ 10:20pm

I love synchrony and serendipity, Melanie!

Melanie Thu, Jun 1st 2017 @ 6:02pm

Serendipity is my mare's posh name!

Melanie Wed, May 24th 2017 @ 1:22pm

PS I would love to know what is an "Oxford comma" and also how I find Lex on Utube. Thank you!

Lex Fri, May 26th 2017 @ 10:19pm

Hello Melanie, just seen your comment. An Oxford comma is one more comma than many people think is necessary. So, if I have a list, many people would be happy with 'and' between the last two items. Cat, Dog, Boat, Plane and Balloon. Those of us who love the Oxford Comma (if it is right to 'love' punctuation) believe that Plane and Balloon are not an item like 'Salt and Pepper' are. To make this explicitly clear, fans of the Oxford comma would write it thus: Cat, Dog, Boat, Plane, and Balloon. This removes all ambiguity!

Lex Fri, May 26th 2017 @ 10:19pm

Was this the YouTube link?

Melanie Thu, Jun 1st 2017 @ 5:55pm

Ah thank you very much Lex - not sure if you will see this - I like the Oxford comma - I think I have never used it as did not think it correct grammar but yes I like it and will use it from now on. It must be legit if it is called "Oxford"!

Melanie Thu, Jun 1st 2017 @ 6:01pm

Yes that was the link - lovely video Lex. Well done!

Becky Wed, May 24th 2017 @ 7:38pm

Perspective. Both because tracking my mood gives me perspective, both on the day and over time; and because of all the different perspectives shared in the blogs and comments, which can give me a new perspective.

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