|Music has the power to influence how we see the world. One study found that participants listening to happy music saw a happy face in a picture of a neutral expression but saw a sad face in the same picture when listening to sad music.
The effect of different songs is unique to each of us. If you’ve ever compared favorite song lists with your teenager, parent, or even friend, you may have found that you each had different preferences. So it’s important to create the playlist that resonates with you.
For example, my favorite songs for boosting my mood are
- “What Doesn’t’ Kill You Makes You Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson or
- “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer.
A couple of songs I enjoy when I want to feel more heart-centered are
- “In My Daughter’s Eyes” with Martina McBride or
- “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.
Great songs that help me calm down are
- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with IZ or
- “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.
Of course, the lists go on and on so there’s always a variety of good stuff I can choose that I like.
According to Christopher Bergland, author of The Athlete’s Way: Sweat and the Biology of Bliss,
”Music is one of the most powerful neurobiological tools we have to change our mood, mindset, and behavior.”
Remember to use this simple but powerful tool! Make a list of songs that energize you, help you feel calm, or make it easier to feel grateful and heart-centered. Pick one to listen to right now.