Checking the verb in the dictionary,
I found no use of this verb with "mood."
Can you say "to enhance one´s mood" in the sense of making
In what contexts is the verb usually found?
Posted 13 December 2001
The verb "enhance," which means to improve the value, quality or attractiveness of something, is used in sentences like these:
"She had a sweetness to her face, a warmth that was enhanced
by luminous dark eyes."
(Gioia Diliberto) (from The American Heritage Dictionary of
The English Language, 3e, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996)
"They'll be keen to enhance their reputation abroad." (Collins
COBUILD, HarperCollins, 1995)
"The superb sets are enhanced by Bobby Crossman's marvelous
In all of these sentences the noun that is enhanced already has some positive
value. In (a), "warmth" is a positive quality, and gets better with enhancement.
In (b), the "reputation" that's about to be enhanced must already be good.
If it were otherwise, the verb could not be "enhance" - it would have
to be "repair" or even "improve." In (c), we know that the sets are superb
and will become even more so with the marvelous costumes.
I thought I had heard the term "mood enhancer" to refer to psychiatric
medications. However, I learned from my source for psychiatric terminology
that the medications I was thinking of are referred to not as "mood enhancers,"
but as "mood elevators." The meaning of upward movement and of improvement
in "mood elevator" is carried by the word "elevator," and is not intrinsic
in the word "mood." This reinforces the idea that in order to be "enhanced,"
something has to carry a positive value to begin with. "Mood" does not
carry a positive meaning - it is neutral. To signify the kind of mood,
you need an adjective: a good mood, a bad mood, a cheery mood, a terrible
I was not wrong, though, about the existence of the phrase "mood enhancer."
Although "mood" does not combine with "enhance" in concordances, as you
have noticed, a search on the web brought up sites for St. John's wart,
Peruvian ginseng, and vitamin and nutritional supplements, all of which
were called "mood enhancers." These are homeopathic products,
not medications prescribed by medical doctors. I think that it is quite
creative thinking to ascribe the word "enhancer" to "mood." It does not,
however, seem to be in line with other uses of the neutral "mood," nor
the "added value" of "enhancement."