It’s a well-known fact that our mood can make us do certain things we normally wouldn’t. For example, some people will go out of their usual way and meet local bikers online when they feel disappointed in something completely unrelated, while others will let their true personality shine when they’re in a good mood.
In any case, our mood is something that can change from one second to another but it usually lasts for a while. Still, have you ever thought of how music can actually influence your state of mind and emotions? With that said, let’s take a look into how music affects our mood.
It’s All Science
Before we get to the proven facts, just think of the last time your behavior has changed after you’ve finished listening to a certain type of song. You surely have been in a situation where you felt pretty good and normal until you heard something like When a Blind Man Cries from Deep Purple, which left you in a mellow state of melancholy or nearly grieving.
This is absolutely normal and scientifically proven, meaning that you’re not the only person who is experiencing this phenomenon. In 2016, the joint study of the Durham University in the UK and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland has shown that music actually has therapeutic properties.
The research, published in PLOS ONE, consists of three different surveys that included over 2,400 individuals in Finland and the United Kingdom. The researchers focused on the experience and emotions one is left with after listening to sad songs.
And you’ve guessed it – the results are pretty amazing. As it happens, a large majority of subjects reported feeling positive emotions for quite a while after having a séance of listening to sad music.
One of the lead authors of the study, Tuomas Eerola, Ph.D. of the Durham University, stated the following in a press release: “The results help us to pinpoint the ways people regulate their mood with the help of music, as well as how music rehabilitation and music therapy might tap into these processes of comfort, relief, and enjoyment.”
Can it be Used for Benefits?
This isn’t the only time a scientific research has shown that music actually affects our mood in a great way. There was another study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology in 2013 that has proven upbeat music can increase one’s happiness and mood in the matter of two weeks.
This begs the question: can music therapy actually be used as a way to improve one’s mood? The answer is really simple – yes, yes it can be used for benefits.
When it comes to mood improvement therapy, music might just be the safest and most non-invasive method of letting your mind and emotions heal themselves by exposing them to music you prefer. Even if you’re a fan of death metal (which isn’t exactly sad nor upbeat), try listening to it for about 2 hours when you feel down and you’ll see how fast your mood changes for the better.