How music affects your mood

Why do you listen to music? When you put a song on, it’s probably because the music makes you feel a certain way. Maybe it calms you down; maybe it gets you pumped up. It can remind you of great moments or take you out of your sadness for a while.

Sometimes music seems almost like magic. Listening to music can even help people with head injuries, depression and anxiety to calm down, feel happier or find peace. But how does it really work?

Music has an amazing effect on our brains. The same parts of the brain which are affected by music, are also the ones in charge of our emotions. So of course music affects our emotions – they both live in the same places in the brain!

Listening to music can also make our brains release chemicals that make us happy, or calm, or excited. Here’s how to use music to help your mood:

  • If you are feeling stressed or worried, listening to soothing, slow music can help you to slow your breathing, which calms you down.
  • Happy or exciting music can help you feel happier and more energetic.
  • Sad music is a bit different. If you are happy, sad music could bring you down. But when you are sad, it can be comforting to hear sad music.
  • Listen to fast or bright music in the morning to get you going. Calm soft music at night can help you relax.

For more about how your emotions work, visit the Brain Freezzz section on B-Wise. 

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B-Wise User Anonymous 20 February 2019 12:44

It always works for me..

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 February 2019 13:15

That's great