Discover Why Music Makes Us Feel Relaxed and Happy or Sad

How is it that music can lift or lower your mood? What is it about certain notes and sounds that directly affect how you are feeling, either happy, neutral or sad?

How was it that, in just a few seconds, hearing your favorite song can move you from depression to happiness?

More importantly, how can you use this knowledge on a daily basis to improve your mood? Let's take a look at the music/emotion connection in human beings and learn more about using music for meditation and relaxation.

There are those songs which make you feel absolutely euphoric. On the flip side of that coin, there are styles of music, particular songs and certain sounds that drive you absolutely crazy.

Why is this? You may be surprised to know that the smartest scientists and researchers in the field of music as an emotional trigger to this day don't understand exactly why this happens.

This is because different people often react to the same songs, sounds and types of music in starkly different ways.

Sometimes a song can be linked to a positive event or life circumstance, and every time you hear it, you can't help but smile in memory.

In other cases, a particularly emotional speech by an influential figure can crank up the emotions in everyone who hears it, including that speaker's supporters and detractors.

There has been substantial research into how music and sound can be used for mob control, in jails, hospitals and public places, to offer a calming effect.

Though this works exceptionally well after experimenting with different songs and types of music, the jury is out on exactly how, or why, the process works.

How to Use This Knowledge to Your Advantage

Unless you have never been exposed to music of some kind, you unconsciously understand that hearing music can play an important part in setting your mood.

Like the scientists who tirelessly research the emotion/music connection, you don't need to know the "why" of the process.

That doesn't mean, however, that you can't benefit from and harness this incredible power. Experiment. Listen to new forms of music.

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"Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck.

The study was conducted on participants who attempted to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible while connected to sensors.

The puzzles induced a certain level of stress, and participants listened to different songs while researchers measured brain activity as well as physiological states that included heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.

According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, which conducted the research, the top song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.

In fact, listening to that one song -- "Weightless" -- resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants' overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates."

Go to YouTube and search for "meditation music" or "soothing music".

There is even a TEN HOUR version of Weightless here:

Keep trying music that is new to you, as well as music you already know calms and soothes you.

When you find that special piece of music that moves you from depression to euphoria, from sadness to joy, from stress and anxiety to peace and tranquility, you have come across an incredibly powerful emotional reset button.

With the prevalence of smart phones, tablets, computers, wearable technology and MP3 players, this means 24/7 access to mood boosting audio that can help keep your emotions in check and stress levels low.

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Here are the top 10 relaxation music tracks quoted from the report

10. "We Can Fly," by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)

9. "Canzonetta Sull'aria," by Mozart

8. "Someone Like You," by Adele

7. "Pure Shores," by All Saints

6. "Please Don't Go," by Barcelona

5. "Strawberry Swing," by Coldplay

4. "Watermark," by Enya

3. "Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)," by DJ Shah

2. "Electra," by Airstream

1. "Weightless," by Marconi Union

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