Have you ever noticed when people are sad they like to listen to sad music? And when people are in a really great mood they put on some dancing music to dance their heart out? This is something people do in everyday life. If you love music like I love music, you know this is exactly what you do. But can the music actually affect your mood? Here’s what I found:
Listening to the blues & reggae can actually make you less nervous
I am a person who is constantly anxious. I used to try to listen to calming music, like slow music, but most of the time it would end up being sad music, which is not what I wanted. According to mamiverse.com, the blues can actually slow down your fast-beating heart a little. This also applies if you are angry about something and you listen to reggae. Reggae is known as relaxing music to help calm you down a little.
Rock & classical music can change your average mood to a great one
If you are tired and a little down, putting on some old punk music can take you back to the good old days, giving you a nice energy boost! Always a plus. I was pretty mind blown myself finding out that classical music could boost one’s mood. I always thought of classical as calming and relaxing. Turns out, it can actually increase brain power.
Heavy metal does not always put one in an aggressive mood
Heavy metal has seen to increase people’s self-esteem, but Iowa State University did a study and found that heavy metal could give anti-social feelings. Some studies say heavy metal helps people deal with stressful situations. It can either cause violent feelings or relaxed feelings, depending on each individual separately.
Country has actually been seen to cause depression
Even suicide. Most of the lyrics in country songs are sad. So even if you are in a good mood, just putting on a country song can sadden you. Although they are sad, people can relate. Especially if these songs are about heartbreak, people can listen and feel the singer’s pain.
Broadway music is inspiring
It makes sense. I am from New York City, and I always used to go to Broadway plays in the city. I left every play inspired and wanting to change the world. The music floats through your body and the words speak to you. These singers are also amazingly talented, so much that you feel the tingling in your bones. Who wouldn’t leave a play like that inspired?
This is mostly common sense, but there needs to be more studies on it. One study looked at people who were given happy and sad “icons” while listening to happy and sad music. They were told to pick which face was shown, but they would pick a sad face when listening to sad music, even if the face shown was happy. This concludes that the music really does affect one’s mood.
Another experiment that could be done could be 10 people in sad moods listening to happy music, and 10 people in happy moods listening to sad music. Then, scientists could check their moods afterwards and see if they changed. My hypothesis is that they will change most likely. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see 🙂