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How to cheer up when feeling sad- through music!

Updated: Sep 5



If you are ever feeling lonely or sad, music is the best way to cheer you up! However there are different types of music depending on what you feel: happy and upbeat music or melancholy music. When you are feeling sad or down, there is an increased activity in the occipital lobe which is near the hippocampus. In addition, some scientists think that listening to music is linked to the hormone prolactin, a chemical which is known to help curb grief. The body is essentially ready for a traumatic event for it to adapt to and when it doesn't happen, the body is then left with pleasurable opiates.


If you are feeling tired or lazy, these types of music can help you either sleep or motivate you to do something. There has been experiments that based on the reason for being sad, either happy or melancholy music can help you feel better.

Happy Music: The beat and melody of upbeat/happy music can make you feel better because your brain will start "dancing" to the song. This means that your brain will actually forget how it's feeling currently and start listening to the song. Happy and upbeat songs can make you move around and be active and actually let you forget your down feelings.

Here are some recommendations of happy songs which can hype you up :)

- Hallucinate - Dua Lipa

- Happy - Pharrell

- Lucky Star - Madonna

- Hips Don't Lie - Shakira

- I wanna dance with somebody - Whitney Houston


Down/Slow music: It has been researched that slow/calming songs can help you cope when feeling sad. The reason why this type of music can help you is because it reminds you that someone else feels the same as you and understands what you are going through. This type of music can also make you let out all your feelings and emotions which can tend to make you feel better because it is all out and you are not holding it in. In some cases, it has been shown that while listening to sad music, it makes you feel better that someone else is going through a rough time and you're not alone.

Here are some recommendations of slow/sad songs which can help you (maybe)

- Someone Like You- Adele

- Stay With Me- Sam Smith

- Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen

- Everybody Hurts- R.E.M

- Breath Me- Sia


Sources: https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/photo-gallery/36097638/embed/46410634/embed

https://www.dur.ac.uk/news/newsitem/?itemno=28329

https://www.sciencealert.com/new-research-reveals-the-pain-and-pleasure-of-listening-to-sad-music


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