I have come across the following as examples of "orientational metaphors":

happy is up; sad is down:

I'm feeling up today. He's really low these days.

While I understand the general concept, I do wonder if native speakers of English commonly use "I'm feeling up today" in daily conversations to express their (temporary) sense of well-being.

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    'down' is more commonly expressed, but 'up' works just fine. – Mitch Jun 30 '13 at 14:07
  • They're not the only words used, either. – John Lawler Jun 30 '13 at 15:19

Typically you don't hear 'up' used in general conversation. The use of 'down' to indicate sadness or depression is quite a lot more common.

'High' is in occasional use but it generally refers to artificially imposed moods.

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