Rhythm and Our Moods

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to talk about how music and rhythm (via Daily Prompt: Rhythmic) helps set my mood and day in general. I’m sure that’s true for a lot of you guys too!

Let’s just state the obvious first: upbeat songs tend to put the majority of us in great moods, while slow, melancholy songs put us in sad or sour moods.

I think the lyrics play a part, but for me personally, it’s really all about the beat and rhythm. I listen to a lot of foreign songs and I have no clue what they are saying. I listen to Bollywood songs (mostly in Hindi), Spanish, Japanese, and Korean songs. With the Bollywood and Spanish songs,  I can sometimes get the gist of it all, but more often than not, I have no idea.

It’s not the meaning that makes me like it, it’s the beat. An article from HealthLine states “A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods and boost their happiness in just two weeks”.  It’s amazing how music can alter our moods like that. In the study, they found that upbeat music correlated with happier moods, compared to when people listened to sad music.

The correlation is so interesting, but people really never talk about it. I guess it’s because music is so available to us and we don’t need to think about it in those types of terms. If we’re happy, we want happy music. If we’re sad, we want sad music. But have you ever been sad and crying, and when an upbeat song comes on, it tends to take your mind of off everything that’s stressing you out? I’ve had that experienced that a lot, it really is amazing what music can do.

Fields such as music therapy are exploring what music, sound, and rhythm can do for us, and I think that’s amazing. Music can really mold us into what it wants and that’s important.

Thanks so much for reading and feel free to leave any comments!


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