It’s not a new concept that music can affect our moods. Music therapy has been around for a while. But what some may not realize is that this is something that you can practice on yourself, for yourself, for free.
I noticed years ago that when I was down in the dumps listening to certain music made me feel better. Other music would make me happy or sad, or make the angry mood worse. So I chose to pay attention to this, and use it my favor. I learned what songs could bring me out of a grump, or calm me down, make me happy, or help me be sad, and to this day I have playlists for the direction I want to go. The songs I listen to are not necessarily the obvious one’s either. I can’t just listen to say one of the Top 20 happy songs of all time and find myself happier. I don’t know why but “Wash Away” by Joe Purdy (and if you’ve ever listened to that song, the lyrics are little on the sad side) always lifts my mood. Songs such as Sarah McLachlan’s “In the arms of an angel” always make me sad. But being sad sometimes is good for us.
Or perhaps you need inspiration? Right now I am listening to “Let It Go” from Frozen (the Alex Boyé/Africanized Tribal Cover/Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir version), and it’s helping me put my thoughts into the words you are now reading. I found this song in the last few months, and added it to the music I have found helpful.
Certain songs encourage person to be loud and angry. There is nothing wrong with being loud and angry at times, but by reaching out and changing the radio dial, you can take your mood from in the pits, to something that’s more comfortable for both you, and those around you.
Music can help soothe and ease the grip strong emotions have on us, no matter what type of mood we may be in. Put simply, your mood doesn’t have to control you. You can learn ways of helping to control it, and music can be of those ways to help both express and process the feelings and moods that drive your outlook. It’s no further away than the radio dial.