Does Music Impact Mood?

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I'm sure a lot of you have experienced a better mood after listening to an upbeat song, or listening to a "pump up" playlist before a game. Does this really help though? Is it true that a song can change a person's mood?

HealthLine tells us that it is absolutely true. Their studies show that people can improve their moods and even overall happiness in two weeks by listening to upbeat music. Valerie N. Stratton, PhD, and Annette H. Zalanowski, of Penn State University, Altoona did research to determine that students moods responded to music. It appears that it doesn't matter what kind of music the students listened to, or the environment they listened to it in. It could be country, or soft rock while driving, socializing or getting dressed and it always had a positive impact. All the feedback gave positive results that showed an improved mood after listening to their music preference.


It has even been shown to improve moods in children suffering from cancer and other diseases that require hospitalization. This website also gives other benefits of music, such as listening to it while working out or stressed. So, if your having a bad day, try listening to some of your favorite music!

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Music definitely improves my mood at least! I'm always listening to music and it helps a ton when I'm feeling down and or angry. It doesn't always have to an upbeat song that gets me in a great mood. As long as it's a song that I like (typically songs that speak to me) then it'll most likely put me in a better mood. In other cases, music not only improves our mood, but it can shape the way we perceive the world according to researchers at the University of Groningen, which makes music and mood closely related. "Your brain continuously compares the information that comes in through your eyes with what it expects on the basis of what you know about the world" (University of Groningen). Here’s the link that further explain their study:

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