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My prefix weighs little, but never has mass;
My suffix might, for a whole language, pass;
But to me append,
One more suffix at end;
And scramble my innards so I'm longer at last

What am I?

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The answer is:

LIGHTEN

My prefix weighs little, but never has mass;

Something which is LIGHT 'weighs little'. Also, light (the noun) has no mass.

My suffix might, for a whole language, pass;

EN is an abbreviation for 'English', often in language settings on computer programs and websites.

But to me append,
One more suffix at end;
And scramble my innards so I'm longer at last

Add the suffix ER to get LIGHTENER then anagram (scramble) the inner letters to get LENGTHIER, meaning 'longer'.

As for the title:

'Lighten up' and 'cheer up' can be synonyms, as in how a drop of sunlight can 'lighten up' a drab room - or as in 'Lighten up, dude!'

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    $\begingroup$ I'm new, but you're quickly becoming one of my favorite answerers on this site. I couldn't have explained this riddle better myself. Well done! $\endgroup$ – anodyne Feb 21 at 19:53
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @anodyne - that's a great compliment :) I hope you're enjoying your journey into Puzzling - there's plenty to enjoy here! $\endgroup$ – Stiv Feb 21 at 19:56

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