Monday, August 5, 2013

Music Makes Us Happy No Matter What

Music is the perfect partner to any occasion; it can connect us deeper with our emotions whether they’re happy or sad. Curiously, while happy songs can keep us feeling upbeat, sad songs are also capable of making us feel more positively.

In a study by the Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute participants were asked to listen two pieces of sad music and one piece of happy music and then choose from 62 emotional words to describe their perception of the music and their emotional state having listened to it.

While the sad music did cause the participants to feel somewhat upset, it was more likely to conjure up romantic and inspired emotions. Participants used words like allured, wistful, nostalgic, and tender to describe their emotional state – and it is these emotions that can help us overcome any sad feelings.

Adding to their findings, one of the researchers described the sadness through art as more pleasant than emotion we experience in our daily lives. “Emotion experienced by music has no direct danger or harm unlike the emotion experienced in everyday life. Therefore, we can even enjoy unpleasant emotion such as sadness. If we suffer from unpleasant emotion evoked through daily life, sad music might be helpful to alleviate negative emotion.” All the more reason to revisit some of your old favorite melodies.

Somebody crank up ‘Eleanor Rigby’.

3 comments:

Robin said...

Crank it up! To me, what is going on be it upbeat or sad music, is that the emotion triggered entices our character into the open - to shine forth in old favourites ("bring on Eleanor Rigby"). This nourishes our soul (and god do we long for this).

The seeds of a lovemark are likely sown in our character which attaches to what 'we love' and we tend to say love to things more than people, old things in particular which reveal to us (at some level) the essence of who we are - that's what attracts and possesses us. And likely the 'older' we get, the better we understand this as we have had more time to get our character fully out on the table (back to the usefulness of nostalgia).

Related but perhaps irrelevant info; world was once spelled "weorold' (now that was a lovemark).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for "Eleanor Rigby" :)

Greg Shields said...

Salut Kevin

I'm listening over and over to the doors old cover of 'back door man'...a bit before your time big man!!

'well I've been down so god dam long...well it looks like up to me'

g