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Music and Happiness: Exploring the Link

Dance. Sing. Rock the air drums and guitar. Music can elicit powerful responses in all of us. Perhaps the most powerful is how a song can affect our mood, give us a boost of energy or inspire deep thought.


How does music affect your mind? Simply put, it can trigger your brain to release certain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. In fact, several studies verified this by using MRI imaging. This feel-good response can be the pick-me-up you need. Music can also help lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.


Music is also shown to have therapeutic effects for those who suffer from chronic pain. By affecting key neurotransmitters, music can help slow your breathing and lower your blood pressure. Plus, through the release of endorphins, music can provide pain relief to some.


Of course, the type of music you listen to can affect how your brain responds. While your favorite songs may be downbeat or sad, you may want to seek out something upbeat to help lift your energy or mood. To relax, try listening to music that is close to 60 beats per minute (BPM). Compared to most pop music, between 80-99 BPM, a slower tempo encourages alpha brainwaves, which can help you stay relaxed.


Tuning in

Check your preferred streaming service for playlists to help set the scene—or to give yourself a boost. You can find user-generated or AI-generated playlists to fit any mood or moment.


Don’t be afraid to switch it up. If your favorite album or artist is on the sadder side, try branching out into something that sounds brighter. You’ll be surprised at the way certain genres can make you feel.


Classical music can span the sonic spectrum, from feeling like a complete frenzy to sounding quieter and pretty. Research suggests that listening to slower classical music can help prepare your mind for sleep.


Bust a move. Dancing is a great way to burn calories and you don’t need an instructor! Put on your favorite dance track and start moving. That’s right, dance like no one’s looking!


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Published on: April 06, 2023