Does music really have the power to change our mood?

Can music really change our mood? This is a question that has caused quite a bit of controversy in the scientific community.

It is no exaggeration to say that music is the intimate friend of man. Early in the morning, you choose for yourself a song full of energy. At noon, your playlist will be more relaxed, and at night, you'll tend to pick up the lively songs before turning off all the equipment and going back to bed. It can be said that music truly reflects the personality and mood of people. However, can it change your mood?

In fact, it is perfectly true that the songs we choose can reflect the personality of every human being. But according to many experts, music is not really a factor in changing our emotions. In other words, our mood is a pioneer and it will choose the music accordingly.


Music is capable of highlighting your current mood

The most typical example is when you are sad, you never want to hear lively music. Instead, you love to sink in your sadness more. Even if someone plays a cheerful, happy song to help you improve your mood, then surely you do not want to hear it. Such music will definitely make you will feel uncomfortable. According to some document published in the journal PLOS One in 2016, people always like to find sad songs in bad moods, and as a result, we are locked up in unnamed sadness and sorrow.

But, on the other hand, music can sometimes affect our emotions, though not much. A study from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands says that the number of people who participated in the research process for listening to cheerful music would be more or less happier, and similarly, listening to sad songs would make them more subtle and sensitive.

Speaking of which, people will find it difficult to understand because these two studies above are completely contradictory. It’s okay to be confused, because it’s hard for even Professor Adrian North of Huffington Post Australia. According to North, it is difficult to explain the relationship between music and people, and the reason why you choose this song instead of that song is not something that we will soon find out.


Music has the ability to "reminisce"

Do you notice that we often choose a song for a certain situation or event during the day? It's no coincidence that we act like that. Also according to Adrian North, we do not hear sad songs because we want to "torture" ourselves but because they remind us of the unforgettable memories. Similarly, the relaxing or exciting songs are just the same.

The healing power of music

Aside from the role of an art form, music has been used as a treatment for thousands of years. Modern science has shown that music affects the human body in two ways: physical effects (the vibrational frequencies of diseased organs will be "tuned" by the frequency of the sound bar) and psychological effects (the music removes the "fighting" mechanism, bringing the body back to a state of relaxation).

Music combined with meditation is a popular healing method recently applied by many people. If you search for "healing music", "relaxing music", "soothing music", "stress relief music" ... on YouTube, there will be a series of videos from 1 to 6 hours long, combined with natural sound (birds, flowing water, wind blowing, bells...) and peaceful nature images. You can listen to them to increase concentration when meditating, practicing mindfulness, practicing yoga, or simply to sleep more easily.




By: Emma Chavez

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