May 3, 2019
Music therapy: how music boosts your mood and helps stay happy
Music has a generally positive effect on our mood. You may have a specially selected set of songs, artists or genre that you listen to for every mood you have, and these can uplift your spirits and make you feel better. Music is a powerful tool that can be used to affect and change our mood. It has been scientifically proven that music can affect a person’s emotions, thoughts, and even decisions and help heal quickly from various physical conditions – for instance, post surgery wounds, fever and lack of energy or appetite.
Yes, this simple. Music is a powerful tool, which is easily within our reach, that can help improve our lives. Here’s how music boosts your mood and help you stay happy.
Play music with a positive message
Playing music with a positive message can affect your entire mood for the rest of the day. Research shows that the happy and energetic sound that flows from the speakers or your earphones to your ears can activate the neurons of the brain to give you a positive mood. If you have a selected set of songs that can lift your mood, it’s better and advisable to listen to it often. It is a good practice to play positive and energetic songs in the morning while you get ready for the day and listen to music on your commute to work.
Play a musical instrument
Being able to play a musical instrument has a positive and fulfilling effect on your thoughts and emotions. The ability to create music is something that will make you feel in control. Playing a musical instrument can help you create a happy place for yourself where you can go in times when you feel down. Playing music can be your sweet escape.
Attend a live performance
There’s a reason why many artists perform live in concerts and this reason is adjacent to why so many people buy tickets and attend their favorite bands, singers and artists’ live performances. Aside from hearing your favorite songs sung by your favorite singers a few feet away from the stage, going to a concert is a great way to socialize. Of course, most people (if not all) prefer to go to concerts with friends, families or their partners. This is a good way to de-stress and enjoy a night or day filled with live music and fun.
Stimulate your brain with music while you’re at work
Research shows that employees who listen to upbeat and lively music can be more productive than employees who don’t listen to it. This because the brain is more stimulated to perform more work or process more ideas.
Playing music at work is another effective way to lessen procrastination and sleepiness. Studies show that people who listen to lively music while at work usually submit their deliverables earlier than the deadline and are able to do more than their regular tasks.
Listen to music when you work out
You will notice that nowadays more people who go to the gym have earbuds on or the gym plays upbeat music for the gym-goers. Just as how it affects your work motivation, music can boost your energy and drive to perform your exercises, sets, and routines in the gym. Listening to music is also an effective way to forget about the time and just go until you are able to complete your sets. This is beneficial to your health and body goals.
Singing along to your favorite songs can lift your mood and give you a positive attitude. Research suggests that people who sing every day have fewer cases of depression and anxiety, and have a more positive outlook in life.
Music can benefit your mental, emotional and psychological health and can help you achieve your physical goals. A car ride going to work, working through the day, going to the gym and calming your body before you go to sleep at night, music is an all-around tool that is helpful.
Listening to music is the simplest and easiest thing you can do to uplift your spirits and give yourself a positive mood. A daily dose of positivity can have a big impact on your attitude, your actions and your life in general. From listening to music to making music to singing along to your favorite songs, music is a great way to connect with yourself and with the people you love.
Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music.