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Mood Boosters, Anxiety Busters: Music to Make You Happy*

*Happiness is not guaranteed, but we do hope you’re in a better mood after reading this post and listening to the music we’ve chosen for you!  

To say that the last few months have been stressful (for us as a global community) would be a bit of an understatement. So naturally, we went on an adventure to find out if music can actually help us feel better. Turns out, yes!

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How does music affect us? 

Music can affect not just our mood, but has been proven to have a physical effect on the listener and even influence how we perceive others’ moods. (You can try this experiment at home: observe someone you live with while playing different music on your Nuraphone and see whether their expression takes on a different ‘mood’ when you change the music).

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Music can also help us focus our thoughts and process information with more ease. If you’re one of those people who knows music to work or study, you know exactly what we’re talking about. 

Connecting through music has been a mainstay of human relationships for… well a long time. It can actually make us feel a sense of belonging, warmth and trust toward others. Whether it is in the form of ‘your song’ you share with your partner or the feeling you get after dancing all night at a club, music is a powerful connector.

How can music improve our mental health?

Right now is a good time to focus on our mental health and while we are big advocates of mindfulness (we do a weekly meditation using the Headspace app) there are also ways music can help us feel more at ease. Have you heard of the world’s most relaxing song? Composed with the help of scientists, Marconi Union’s Weightless has even been used to help prepare people for surgery. 

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When we listen to music, our heartbeat starts to sync with the beat of the song. Richard Reed Parry, the multi-instrumentalist for Arcade Fire and a composer as well, keys into this most basic of all rhythms for Music for Heart and Breath, his first full album of classical compositions. So gentle, more relaxed melodies can make us feel more at ease, while faster electronic music or rock can speed our heart rate up. Quickened heartbeats can make your brain sense anxiety, so if you’re looking for something to soothe your mood, be mindful when and how much you listen to those genres.

We also found out that music which has a tempo of 60bmp increases the brain’s efficiency in processing information. So if you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed or tired have a listen to this playlist we prepared earlier. 

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