How is it that music can lift or lower your mood? What is it about certain notes and sounds that directly affect how you are feeling, either happy, neutral or sad? How was it that, in just a few seconds, hearing your favorite song can move you from depression to happiness? More importantly, how can you use this knowledge on a daily basis to improve your mood? Let's take a look at the music/emotion connection in human beings.
There are those songs which make you feel absolutely euphoric. On the flip side of that coin,
there are styles of music, particular songs and certain sounds that drive you absolutely crazy.
Why is this? You may be surprised to know that the smartest scientists and researchers in the field of music as an emotional trigger to this day don't understand exactly why this happens.
This is because different people often react to the same songs, sounds and types of music
in starkly different ways.
Sometimes a song can be linked to a positive event or life circumstance, and every
time you hear it, you can't help but smile in memory.
When you respond to music, nothing actually changes in the world around you, but something did change within your brain that allowed your perception on life to change as well.
How to Use This Knowledge to Your Advantage
Unless you have never been exposed to music of some kind, you unconsciously understand that hearing music can play an important part in setting your mood.
And you can benefit from and harness this incredible power. Experiment. Listen to new forms of music. Just go to YouTube and search for "meditation music" or "soothing music". Keep trying music that is new to you, as well as music you already know calms and soothes you.
When you find that special piece of music that moves you from depression to euphoria,
from sadness to joy, from stress and anxiety to peace and tranquility,
you have come across an incredibly powerful emotional reset button.
With the prevalence of smart phones, tablets, computers, wearable technology and MP3 players, this means 24/7 access to mood boosting audio that can help keep your emotions in check and stress levels low.
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