How Music Helps Improve Mood

How Music Helps Improve Mood



Throughout the years, music has been studied and identified to affect mood and trigger specific emotional responses by stimulating brain activity. Music can make you unwind after a long week’s work or set the pace for a romantic dinner party. It can also put you in a jumpy state of mind or a horrific situation while sitting alone in a dark living room all by yourself. Generally, music is very much coordinated with setting off a good rhythm for a relaxed mood and frame of mind.


Music helps mood in all individuals, from fetuses to dying adults. You may be surprised that some of your attitudes and manners of thinking today have been well-influenced by the type of music you were listening to when you were young. Several books and studies have confirmed the relative effects of hard rock music to aggressive teenagers, latino groove, and salsa to inducing libido and sexual appetite among enthusiasts, and instrumental lullabies to those who plainly want to sleep soundly.


The truth is, music affects mood and individuals instill the rhythm into their brains and adapting to the kind of message and aura the music brings and seems to them. So, depending on the mood you want to achieve, you have to select your music.


  • Relax. Picture a scenario or just sit comfortably in a quiet corner and envision a situation you’d like to be in. After a tiring week or month you definitely should have thought of at least one particular moment or place you dream of going for some rest and relaxation. Your music preference’s connection with your mind and system is very important for you to be able to experience a calming sensation.


Now, your kind of relaxing music may not be “Moon River” or Nat King Cole’s classics, but what matters is the rhythm that sets the mood for your relaxation alone and no one else’s. Do not be surprised if some individuals drift off soundly with Jon Bon Jovi’s or Metallica's tunes. That may be the tune they were accustomed to relax to. There is no universal melody for relaxation.


  • Choose your instruments. The rhythm is as important as the genre. You may have heard numerous versions of the same song with almost the same voice singing and exactly the same intonations and tones but only differing with one added drum or triangle. Some people are more sensitive to these changes and it is very likely that one version of the same song may affect a person’s mood stronger compared to another.


Your brain has a special auditory receptor that can distinctly identify each instrument even though you barely notice the difference yourself. An all-acoustic version of “La Bamba” may make you feel like dancing your heels off while the steel drums version of it completely turns you off.


  • Identify your present mood. Your current mental state may trigger another response with the music you’re listening to. For example, if you had an argument with your wife, listening to hard metal rock will bombard and stimulate your brain receptors resulting to either amplifying your current mood of negativity or helping you express the negative feelings and vent it out.


Experts suggest you neutralize any excess feeling you’re experiencing in your current mood with a more docile type of music. If you’re a bit elated and you still feel the urge to play “Sound of Music”, the first line might instantly make you euphoric.


Music affects your feelings and emotions in a lot of ways. And as an avid listener, you can best express yourself, as well as achieve the appropriate mood that fits your personality and lifestyle.