How Music Affects Your Brain and Emotions

You have probably experienced it before. You get up on the wrong side of the bed and you realize that the day feels gloomy, dull, and grey. Your back feels heavy and you just can’t do it today. Then you put on your headphones on your way to work, and suddenly, vibrant colors fill the skies and the trees are green and the birds are chirping. You can’t help but hum along and nod your head to the tune of the song that’s booming from your music player. There is a spring to your step. You say “hi” to the old lady walking her dog. The world is fine again. Thanks, Bruno Mars.

Music can tap into the inner workings of the brain and either uplift your mood and make you feel better. Because of this phenomenon, music is often referred to as the “language of  emotion.” Our brain processes a song in the same areas that deal with emotions, which explains how music affects your brain and emotions.

Music can alter your emotions

When people are feeling sad and just not in the mood to face the day, they can turn to music, specifically an upbeat song, to lift their mood and possibly get rid of the sad feeling entirely. This is because upbeat and catchy tunes help with the release of serotonin and norepinephrine, hormones that make you feel happy and elated. It also floods your body with the neurotransmitter dopamine, which makes you feel really good.

In the same vein, sad songs can directly or indirectly make you feel sad. A slow, melodramatic tune can induce feelings of depression, and some song lyrics can make you nostalgic for the past, making you sad as a result.

It can motivate you

“We play epic upbeat music at our shop to keep our Oahu Mobile Mechanic workers motivated to always do a good job on a service” -Marco

Music can also give you inspiration and motivation by uplifting your mood. Songs that have an upbeat rhythm and motivational lyrics are good songs for your workout playlist because, like songs that make you happy, they also make you feel that you can do anything that you put your mind into.  They make you believe that it doesn’t matter if you trip and fall, you can always stand up and try again.

It can relieve tension

If you have been feeling stressed or anxious because of life’s pressures, listen to your favorite soothing songs. Classical music is your best bet for this, especially if you are having a hard time sleeping. As long as you clear your mind beforehand, listening to soothing music can relieve tensions in your muscles and slow down your breathing, making you more calm and relaxed.

You don’t have to listen to music all day to make sure that you don’t feel down in the dumps again. Not only does it alter your mood, music also modifies your brain waves so that long after you stop listening to a song, it still has an impact in your emotions and can leave you feeling good for days.