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which of the following expressions is better English / sounds better? Which one would you prefer?

  • I have a shiny mood / My mood is shiny
  • I feel shiny
  • I feel shining

Thanks in advance for your answers :)

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    I think most native speakers wouldn't have much idea what you meant by shiny, however you phrased it. I just looked it up in Urban Dictionary (I doubt any "real" dictionaries are likely to have the definition you're assuming), and I'm guessing a reasonable "mainstream" alternative might be bright and breezy. In which case you'd normally just say I feel bright and breezy. Forget about trying to incorporate the word mood. Feb 6, 2016 at 14:00
  • Ok, thanks, so would you say that "I feel shining" is better? Or is the meaning still not obvious?
    – dotmee
    Feb 6, 2016 at 14:08
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    I don't know where you picked this use of shiny/shining up from, or exactly what you think it means, but it's not mainstream English. I can't advise on what's best from a syntactic perspective for a usage that just sounds weird to me however it's phrased. Feb 6, 2016 at 14:10
  • I thought it was a synonym for feeling great / marvellous / fine. However, is the meaning more obvious to a native speaker when using the term "feel breezy"?
    – dotmee
    Feb 6, 2016 at 14:20
  • Idiomatically, it's bright and breezy. Which isn't as popular now as it was a century ago, but as this NGram shows, is experiencing something of a comeback in recent decades. Or just stick to "plain" English and actually say you feel great, fine, good. Feb 6, 2016 at 14:24

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To shine is to be bright or noticable (stand out) or alert

Rise and shine!
shining bright

and is a very positive attribute to have

The sentence you may be looking for is

I'm feeling shiny

meaning I'm feeling bright (alive) or I'm feeling bright and happy

I like to feel shiny

Your friends when they see you may say

Look at you shine!

You are shining
This is your shining moment

can be used to describe the times when things are going very well for someone.

This should not be confused with (a) shiner which is a black eye

It should also not be confused with glowing

Look at you glow
You are glowing!
You've got the glow

can all be said to a woman who is pregnant and who's complexion appears to brighten up due to hormonal transformations during gestation

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  • Well, that's good... but a shiny mood I have never heard of...The only way I would ever say I was feeling shiny is if I had just had a gallon of oil poured over my head, and that circumstance would have more to do with my appearance than my mood! ;-)
    – Msfolly
    Feb 6, 2016 at 20:31
  • Ah, yes, that makes sense. I had a wrong perception of the meaning of the word.
    – dotmee
    Feb 7, 2016 at 1:35

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