Shift Your Mood with the Touch of a Button – Using the power of music

 In Better Life

What if you could shift your mood with the touch of a button? Maybe you want to feel more motivated, less stressed, or more grateful. All you have to do is choose the right button. The great news is that with today’s technology this button is commonly at our fingertips on our phone, computer, stereo, etc. making it easy to listen to a favorite songThe words, melody, or even the memory it brings up can have a huge impact on our emotions.

Have you ever been driving in your car and suddenly a favorite song you haven’t heard in awhile comes on? Did you find yourself singing along or bopping to the beat? How did it make you feel?

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.

Wishing you peace and happiness,


Tina Hallis, Ph.D., is a positivity speaker, trainer, & author. She is also the founder of The Positive Edge, a company dedicated to helping create more positive attitudes, positive work cultures, and positive results.

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