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Music and Your Emotions

By Randi Morse 

My husband says that he can always tell when dinner is going to be good. If I have the music on, and I'm dancing around the kitchen, dinner is going to be tasty. How can he tell that just by the music? Generally, I tend to turn dancing music on only when I'm in a good mood. The better mood I'm in, the better I cook. It turns out that music can affect your health in several different ways. 

Boosting Your Mood 

Have you ever noticed that the music you're listening to tends to reflect your mood? So if you are having a more somber or serious day, you may listen to more sedate music. If, however, you are in a happy mood and have some energy, you might find yourself enjoying something more up tempo. Instead of letting our current mood affect what we listen to, we should let what we listen to affect our emotions. A study completed in 2016 proved that listening to music could actually improve your mood. So if you are looking to shed negative emotions, some upbeat or inspirational music might just help. 

Music for Studying 

Some people find they need absolute quiet when they're trying to study or focus. Others, however, need some sort of sound in the background. A study completed in France proved that students who listened to classical music during a lecture did better when they were quizzed than the students who heard the lecture with a silent background. This idea can be a bit tricky, however, because studies also show that you shouldn't listen to music with lyrics. Music with lyrics makes the brain multitask, which isn't conducive to studying or focusing. Music without lyrics, such as classical music or lo-fi, which has recently reached popularity with high school and college students, can provide you with calming background noise. 

Negative Emotions 

A study completed in Finland in 2015 showed that the type of music you listen to can affect negative emotions. For example, if you are having a difficult day and find yourself angry, listening to music that promotes anger, generally something with a heavier beat and angsty lyrics, can increase the frustration and aggression that you feel. Likewise, sad music can make you feel even worse if you're already feeling down. 

Music is a powerful thing. It can rise our emotions up or calm them down. The next time you find yourself feeling depressed or sad, try changing the music you're listening to. You may find that certain songs make you feel good all the time, while others always make you feel down. 

For more information about your health, wellness and fitness, visit your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Casa Grande, Ariz. 

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