Researchers have pondered the possible therapeutic and mood-boosting benefits of music for centuries. Finally, a recent study confirms that music affects our mood.
August 22nd, 2018
Recent research from Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland revealed that sad music brings most listeners pleasure and comfort. Conversely, the study found that for some people, sad music can cause negative feelings of profound grief.
The research involved three surveys of more than 2,400 people in the United Kingdom and Finland, focusing on the emotions and memorable experiences associated with listening to sad songs. The majority of experiences reported by participants were positive.
But not only ‘sad’ music has an impact on its listeners. A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods and boost their happiness in just two weeks.
To find out why or read more on this subject we recommend Suzanne Boothby’s Healthline article.