“Music acts like a magic key, to which
the most tightly closed heart…
― Maria Augusta von Trap
Wow. Great insight Maria von Trap!
These words aren’t just poetic.
They’re a fact.
Studies from around the world support Maria’s statement.
So does conventional wisdom.
For example. Ever felt blue with nothing to do – until your favorite ‘get happy’ song is played? Thoughts brighten as if wired to the Las Vegas strip.
How about finding the energy to begin (or finish) a work-out?
Your pump-it-up playlist is like steroids on steroids.
Try to imagine aerobics without a beat cheering you on! Rock and roll helped me reach that elusive state of ‘euphoria’ twice. (once I made it on my own while running from bees). But real work-out queens swear by it.
This is the point: Music influences our emotions in a powerful way.
Look at history. Instruments were used before battle to incite courage and valor in soldiers. Musicians were called upon to soothe Kings, incite joy, and rouse celebrations.
Today is no different. Music is a marketing sedative to calm shoppers and entice them to linger in stores longer. Surgeons and Dentists put on tunes to de-stress clients and calm their apprehension. Spas utilize soothing sounds as relaxation triggers.
And what’s a party without a playlist? It’s like skiing without snow.
A study, by “Jolij and Meurs”, which was published in the Psychology Department of the University of Groningen, concluded that music has a dramatic effect on our perception.
“Our research results suggest that the brain builds up
expectations— (with music) not just on the basis of experience
but on your mood as well.”
Sooooo our mind’s perceptions can be influenced by our mood.
That’s great news!
Because our mood can be manipulated by music and that, in turn, influences our mind.
Rogers and Hammerstein famous lyrics explain the phenomenon well.
“Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune, so no one will suspect
I’m afraid…And every single time, the happiness in the tune convinces
me that I’m not afraid.”
If you want to be cheered, motivated or inspired, put on music! It’s a quick and effective fix. Within minutes you can better your disposition, find a happy spot or embolden your actions!
And always have some playlists ready to go.
One for a pick-me-up, one to de-stress, one to inspire, and one to rock out your exercise session.
Isn’t it nice that there’s such an easy fix to changing your mood to ‘happy’?
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