57th Post: Happy Music

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Have you ever found yourself listening a new song that brings a smile to your face? Or, find yourself whistling and lightly tapping your fingers as it plays? In this case, over morning coffee, there were two such examples. Both pop songs. One was “Sweet Pea” (https://youtu.be/DR7CMndEuAg) (RQ 10) by Amos Lee and the other “Banana Pancakes” (https://youtu.be/tH5Q9-M6t8c) (RQ 7) by Jack Johnson. Found another this morning: Gregory Porter “Wind Song” (https://youtu.be/tVFYB6vOUnY) (RQ 10).

As I looked into why music can leave positive vibes to you, even when facing the new stress of “the virus,” others have documented the same. For example, in a recent online story by inc.com, they said for the “listener, musical chills feel something like a sudden onset of emotion–a mental reaction followed by an actual physical reaction of the body to the sound. Sometimes, we are able to identify such chills by the feeling of shivers running down the backs of our spines; others, we think of them as goosebumps rising on our skin from being so moved.”

In the study, a number of brain imaging techniques were employed in order to monitor the changes of dopamine when listening to certain music. It was even concluded that this was the first time such a substantial dopamine release was brought about by an abstract reward–in this case, music. The research team discovered that 5 songs (from classical music types) in particular across a number of genres created musical chills in the people who listened to them–and, ultimately, a positive emotional response. These 5 songs have been shown to trigger dopamine release and subsequently increase your happiness:

1. DJ Tiesto – Adagio For Strings (https://youtu.be/8tIgN7eICn4) (RQ9). Listen while waking up.

2. Explosions in the sky – First breath aftercoma (https://youtu.be/w0o8JCxjjpM) (RQ 10). Listen while daydreaming.

3. Beethoven | Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, “The Tempest” | Daniel Baren (https://youtu.be/tiJjoFQtMvg) (RQ 9). Background music while reading a good book.

4. Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings (https://youtu.be/izQsgE0L450) (RQ 10). Listen while falling asleep.

5. Debussy – Clair de Lune (https://youtu.be/WNcsUNKlAKw) (RQ 9). Listen while resting thinking about your future.