How Music Affects the Mood and Emotions

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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.When we listen to a rhythm, our heart actually begins to sync with it. A slow heartbeat with a strong diastolic pressure tells our brain that something sad or depressing is occurring.Very fast beating has to do with excitement, while a dreamy rhythm with occasional upbeats can be a sign of love or joy. A “major key” music piece will usually signal cheerful communication to our brain, while “minor key” pieces are sadder. This all has a very strong effect on our brain, which makes our mind actually feel what’s being communicated to us.When we listen to joyful, happy music, our brains usually produce chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, which make us feel happy. The same happens when we listen to relaxing, soothing music or to hard, loud, angry music that can also cause a number of different emotional feelings. Music may cause you to feel joyful, sad, angry, hyped up, relaxed etc. and sometimes you can feel more than one emotion during a song.