Why we feel better when we listen to music

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How music affects emotions

Why do sometimes a certain song reminds you of a certain period of your life?
And why do certain music let you recall certain emotions?

In my previous article how music affects the brain, mood and mind i said that when two events keep happening together they become associated with one another in such a way that the occurrence of one of them reminds you of the other.

Lets suppose that you were about to enter a new phase in your life and at that same time you discovered a new song that you liked a lot. Listening to this song more than once will make it become associated with that period of your life and then you will recall that period whenever you listen to it.

Songs are like laptop batteries

A certain song won't only remind you of the situation but it will also let you recall the emotions that you were experiencing at that time.

So if that's the case then why wouldn't any person keep listening to a song that reminds him of happy times and live a happier life? Simply because the more you listen to a song the more will it lose its power.

Songs are like laptop batteries, keep charging them with a certain emotion and you will be able to recall that emotion whenever you listen to them until the battery becomes empty.

Accessing different areas of the brain

Our perception determines our mood to a great extent. All the external cues we collect through our environment greatly affect our moods and emotions. How many times have you seen something that changed your mood completely to the better or to the worse?

This continues input from the outside world is one of the reasons why our moods always keep changing. Now when we listen to music we force our minds to absorb certain cues. If those cues are associated with positive events or pleasant thoughts then our moods will change right away. See Changing your mood using music.

In addition to that music allows us to express our emotions and to release suppressed ones. When you listen to a sad song for example you will be releasing some of your sadness and this is why such a song can make you feel better. See 5 reasons people like to listen to sad music when they are down

How to use music to change your mood

Based on these facts you can charge a song with the emotion that you like and then use it to change your mood on intention.

First of all you need to find a brand new song or a piece of music that you didn't listen to before. Keep this song on your desktop and never listen to it except when you are really happy or when you are in the mood you want to charge the song with.

By doing so you will be charging the song with happiness and so you will be able to recall these emotions whenever you listen to it.

Put in mind that while you should listen to the song when you are down in order to feel happy still you must recharge it again by listening to it while you are happy in order for the battery not to run out.

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