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Monday, February 9, 2015

Keeping a Song in Your Heart


You may have heard of research that investigates the effect of music on the state of your mood. Music can uplift you, music (especially if it connects to nostalgic or painful moments of your past) can sadden you; music can frighten you (depending on how it is used in certain films), music can soothe colicky babies; music can add stimulus, motivation and inspiration to your determination and persistence; music can prod weary soldiers to continue moving, and music can simply keep you going when you think you can't. Music can be helpful in cancer rehabilitation, in palliative care, as well as in multiple sclerosis treatment, anxiety, and a host of other clinical and personal situations.

Some of these findings are illustrated by researchers such as Dr Harry Witchel from the Department of Physiology at Bristol University or Dr. Harald Gruber in Bonn, or Yuna Ferguson from the University of Missouri, who has stated that people can improve their moods in just two weeks simply by listening to upbeat music.

For this reason it's a good idea to have a store of music (or song lists on whatever device you like to use), that will allow you to access different moods simply by listening to your carefully chosen lists. In my case there are songs that may mean nothing to you (as it appears to often be the case according to the research), but they do mean much to me. And it may be that those specific songs that create similar moods in me, may nevertheless not appear to be similar types of music at all. That is irrelevant. The results are what counts.

It was Emory Austin who said: some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. And as it turns out, not only was he right, but simply by making yourself do something like this, you will already have won half the battle to improve whatever it is that is not right - at least in your inner state. And of course this is another way of loving yourself. You choose.

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