I’m sure the entire world has heard of Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” by now. The cheerful, upbeat tune has made an appearance on all four continents, infecting all its listeners with positiveness and good vibrations! If you haven’t heard it yet, here’s a link to the video of worldwide version:
Bob Marley has famously said that “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." Well did you know that music has been scientifically proven to significantly improve your quality of life? There have been many studies confirming that listening to upbeat music causes listeners to experience a rush of dopamine the brain’s pleasure center. By monitoring the listeners’ brain activity, scientists were able to see that listening to music improved their short-term moods and overall happiness. “We found that people were successful at raising their positive mood as long as the music they listened to was happy and upbeat,” said Dr. Yana Ferguson, the lead author on a study on the effects of music on happiness.
Other research have also suggested that listening to music has physical as well mental health benefits from reducing stress, to reducing anxiety and even treating depression!
So here’s the bottom line: whether it be a pop hit, rap, rock, country or classical, put on your headphones, turn up your stereo today and play that tune! A good sing along is just what the Doctor ordered.
We asked a few of our friends what songs always makes them happy, and here’s what we got:
What song makes YOU get up and just enjoy life? Comment below and share with us what tune always puts a smile on your face and why!