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Yesterday we talked about about how spending time in nature can make you healthier, happier, and kinder. For today’s segment of the 31 Days To A Happier You Challenge, we will be looking at how music impacts your happiness.
Today we are going to skip the research and keep this post nice and light. If you have even listened to music, like ever, you know the power of listening to your favorite song. Fun upbeat songs get your brain and the good feels flowing. Sad songs and lower tempo songs can be a bit a bit depressing at first, but we all know we often feel better after a moody music session.
Today we are going to look at different ways to incorporate music into your life now so you can be happier right away.
Move To The Beat
Experts believe that listening to music during exercise can help to release more endorphins to increase your endurance, boost your mood, and distract you from exercise related discomfort. For an effective workout, researchers say the best music is high energy, high tempo music such as hip hop or dance.
Whistle While You Work
There has been a ton of research on listening to music while you work. Depending on the task and the type of tunes, listening to music can help or hinder your work flow. Play that funky music when you’ve got a case of the Mondays or you’ve repetitive tasks to do. When at work make your playlists out of songs you already know. If your tasks involve any sort of linguistic processing such as writing, focus on instrumental tracks.
Experts found that if we actively engage with the music by playing instruments or singing, it can give us extra happiness boosting. Don’t worry if you aren’t Frank Sinatra. Sing in the shower, make music with your kids, or take lessons.