Music to lift your mood

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A young woman smiles while listening to music with headphones on.

I’m a sucker for online quizzes. You know the type: “what type of storm are you?” or “What’s your real birth name?”

So it wasn’t surprising when I clicked on the button for What song was written just for you?

My result, ‘scientifically’ calculated according to whatever data it gleaned from my Facebook profile, was Walking on Sunshine. Have a listen.

It’s a great upbeat song. My feet are tapping just thinking about it.

Fifteen years or so ago, I’m sure the answer would have been quite different. Something raw and angry like Alanis Morissette’s All I really want. I was grieving and in my hurt, I fused with the anger. Truth is, I ping-ponged between anger and depression for quite a while. Little wonder given the music. Even now, listening to it, I feel a surge of rage – and that’s not a comfortable experience.

But apparently that’s not unusual. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research  found people going through break-ups or relationship problems often turn to music that reflects their negative mood.

Likewise, research shows that upbeat music can elevate mood.  Just as laughter yoga can. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I do wish I’d known all those years ago!

As we head into the summer holiday season, I’ve started compiling my happy song playlist. Joining Walking on Sunshine, so far, there’s:

What song would feature on your playlist for happy holidays?


(c) Heather Grant-Campbell aka Heather Joy

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  1. Here’s a happy dance song: kinda country kinds rock n roll:

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