How does Music Affect your Mood and Make you Happier?6 min read

how does music affect your mood

From the drumbeats of our ancient ancestors, till the biggest festivals and concerts nowadays.

Music is considered to be the integral part of human experience.

So how does Music Affect your Mood?

Researchers have searched for the possible therapeutic and the benefits of music through Centuries.

But what makes a song exactly triggering us into a bad or a happy memory?

What makes a certain song is good for breakup and not to meditation session?

A study showed that people who lost somebody or lost their relationship tends to listen to sad music, according to Journal of Consumer Research. 

Now another study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listen to upbeat music tends to improve their moods within two weeks.

The two main factors that people that basically affect people response to any kind of music depends on:

  1. Whether it is considered to be pleasant or unpleasant.

  2. How much active or sleepy the music is.

This system of measuring is mainly depending on the first time you listen to a piece of a certain music.

We have to take into consideration other factors like:

  • Personal experience

For example, if a relaxing piece of music was playing when you break up, for the rest of your life this piece will be unsettling for you.

  • We can take another approach and say why do we like to listen to a sad songs?

Because when we feel sad we always feel good and belonged to this feeling, and that is what we are getting from the music.

  • The impact of music on us is not just because of the technology scene arrived to us, but also that the music is mapping our everyday life.

The field of studying music and brain is really expanding, revealing many ways the music can engage to change the responds of our brains. By looking at the many ways that music affects in us and knowing how music engage the brain.

Here’s the deal

So how does Music Affect your Mood?

We can understand how our brains function through

  • Emotions

Researchers have found that music stimulates emotions through specific brain circuits, we can easily notice how music and the brain engage mood and emotion when for example a child and his parents connect through a lullaby song.

It is one of the strongest bondage between people you will ever experience.

Aside from its emotional and brain experience, music is also a physical experience.

It is responsible for producing the bonding hormone called “Oxytocin“.

It can be released by singing too from the mother to her children.

A study from the Journal of Music Therapy shows that using music as a means of communication can increase emotional understanding.

Other researches have found that music affects our array other beneficial molecules in our biological system.

Listening to music peak our emotions to a certain extent, which in its role increase the amount of dopamine, a specific neurotransmitter that is produced in our brains and in which it control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

Most of our emotions are experienced from our brains and not our hearts as many people think!

Music succeed always when verbal language failed.

It is the greatest bondage between our brain and our heart.

It ca evoke the deepest emotions in humans and help us develop many negative feelings into a good ones like fear, grief, sadness, and resentment even if those feelings were on the subconscious level.

  • Memory

A study on an elderly man on his wheelchair, in a state of unconsciousness and severe Alzheimer.

What might reconnect him to the world around him and his old memories?

One of the caretaker of him, interviews his family and find out the type of music he was listening two earlier, by creating a special playlist for him from those songs, she helped him to reconnect to the world around him and he become aware of what is happening around him, he is able to reconnect with his life again through his music.

A study then found that the brain which “associate music and memories when we experience emotionally salient episodic memories that are triggered by familiar songs from our personal past”.

In other words, we can help people with their deep meaningful memories again through music.

A study in 2009 from Petr Janata at the University of California, found that there is a part in our brain”associate music and memories when we experience emotionally salient episodic memories that are triggered by familiar songs from our personal past”.

This means that our music reconnect us with deep meaningful memories from our past.

  • Learning and Neuroplasticity

When our brains are damaged, it finds or may creates other ways in order to communicate or function properly.

Fortunately, music can provides an amazing role in that, it can helps the brain to rewire itself in the case of injury for example.

According to the University of New Castle in Australia, popular music was used to help patients with severe brain damages and to recall their personal memories.

The role of music is to access the brain into his memories which it cannot do it by its own because of the injury or the damage.

It is just like getting the true direction in a lost way, there is always alternative ways to the same place.

We are not going to go to an extreme examples, but notice in our normal life how much music can repair the connections in our brains and gives us an alternative pathways to places, smells, incidents, emotions, etc.

Music is a great way to achieve this effect.

  • Attention

Did you ever listen to a song that gives you a full attention and put you in a state of full consideration?

Yes, you read that right!

Music is able to improve our attention.

School of medicine has investigated the power  and bondage between music and the mind in holding our attention, and it showed that the peak brain activity occurred during a short periods of silence between the musical movement in a song or a symphony, when seemingly nothing is happening inside!!

This have leads researchers to study the listening to music that could help the brain in anticipating and expecting the events by holding greater attention.

The theory is that these silences between the movements is intended indeed by the composer to guide the listener in interpreting the music in his brain.

Be an expert in how to choose your music and how to use it to access certain targets that you want.

By using the right music you will be balanced moodily, relaxing, and between your heart and mind.

You can synchronize the states of your mind by using music, sounds, and vibrations.

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