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Emotional music: laugh, smile or cry?

By 04/02/2020 No Comments

What does “emotional” music do for you?

There’s something about listening to emotional music that can touch us all deeply in very personal and different ways. It can perform miracles such as helping us to relax after a long day at work, or motivating us to hit the gym or run that extra mile. Songs evoke a vivid memory, stopping us in our tracks. They can change our mood entirely and cause us to shed a tear or two. So why do we allow music to make us laugh, smile or cry?

Research suggests that having a good cry to emotional music might enhance your mood and provide you with much-needed comfort. A study (https://www.dur.ac.uk/news/newsitem/?itemno=28329) of 2,436 people across the UK and Finland, undertaken by Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä, recorded how people responded to certain music. It concluded that, in feeling emotion whilst listening to sad songs, people often felt calmer and ultimately more in control – leading to an improvement in their mood!

Is Music a Drug?

Sad songs are great, of course, but music can also create a range of different emotions. It certainly has the power to make us feel happy, sad, reflective, anxious, thrilled, angry, excited or joyous! Scientists have proven that as a result of listening to the music we love, the brain releases dopamine. This is a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction, meaning that people are drawn to music for much the same reason that they are to alcohol, gambling and delicious calorific food. For me, motivational music is a huge part of inspiring me in everyday life. From inspirational and upbeat lyrics, to powerful rhythms and soaring melodies, music can radiate motivation.

If you want that feel-good buzz, without any of the side effects, put on some music and enjoy the moment! And what better way to do that than to watch some of our bands promo videos? Find them here: Our bands

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