How Does Music Affect Your Mood?
Music is an art form that consists of arranging musical notes in a way that produces beauty by way of harmony, emotional expression, and form. Saying it produces beauty is such an extraordinary way to describe the songs we listen to, the tunes we hear, and how they make us feel. There are testimonials worldwide of how music rescued a soul that was lost and seemingly had no means of recovery time and time again. People also attest that listening to particular songs or genres makes them feel and react a specific way. Listening to songs when you feel a particular emotion helps compound that specific mood if that is what you desire.
There are many people who cannot imagine their lives without music, nor think back to a time where they did not have it. This speaks to the far-reaching impact of music. People do multiple tasks while listening to it. There are different types for specific moods, such as relaxing musical sounds for studying or trying to sleep; it is used while working out to help maintain that endurance. The question always remains whether it is really that compelling to the point that it does affect one’s mood. How is music that powerful? How exactly does it resonate with us to the point that we listen to a song, and it makes us happy, sad, or whatever the emotion maybe?
Multiple studies have been done to get to the bottom of the effect of music on human beings, whether emotionally, mentally, or otherwise. One such study done by the Journal of Positive Psychology in 2013 found that people who listened to music that could be considered or labeled as ‘happy’ and ‘upbeat’ improved their moods and increased their overall happiness in as little as two weeks. During the study, participants were told to try different things to improve their moods. However, the desired result was only achieved through them listening to upbeat songs. Recent studies have also shown that listening to sad ones has the ability to lift your mood. On the other hand, it can cause a greater level of sadness or grief for some people. This can be owing to the fact that some people look too sad music to comfort them or complement their mood. In contrast, for others, sad music reminds them of their sadness and what they’re trying to escape.
It is also used as a method of therapy. This kind of therapy is used to attend to the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs of the patients. After an assessment, activities are curated by a therapist, which may involve listening to music, singing, or creating musical tunes. A study done in 2015 indicated that listened to music, whether after, during, or before surgery, experiences less distress and discomfort as opposed to those who did not. Music therapy has also been certified as a treatment method for people with mood disorders that are directly related to neurological issues such as dementia and stroke. But how exactly does music do this? What is its secret?
Have you ever felt chills or an overwhelming sensation when you listen to a song that sounds so good to you or resonates for whatever reason? It has been unearthed that music has the ability to release dopamine, the chemical responsible for your emotional responses, in two key areas of the brain. Whenever you experience something enjoyable, or something that gives an overwhelming emotion, these sections of your brain are activated. It can also evoke old memories unintentionally. Additionally, the beat of a song can impact your heart rate. When people sing together, their breathing tends to occur simultaneously or rate, which creates positive emotions. This happens as a result of musical patterns affecting areas of the brain responsible for memory and emotion.
Music is amazing. It heals us in ways other things cannot. It affords us experiences that other things cannot. It is powerful and far-reaching and allows people to express themselves creatively. Suppose you’re looking for something to lift your spirits or find someone or something that relates to a circumstance or situation that you are going through. In that case, it is the thing for you. If you’re looking to stimulate certain memories or for something to help you ease and manage pain, using it as therapy is just as effective. Lastly, never, ever be afraid to create your own if you can. It is healthy and helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and overall can contribute to a better you, especially as it relates to your mood. Play your favorite songs or tunes and sing and the top of your lungs or dance until your feet hurt because it heals the mind, helps the body, and makes you happy.