Ever had one of those days where everything doesn’t seem to be going your way and then you happen upon some of your favorite music and something just changes. You might close your eyes and relax into the rhythm or tap your finger to the beat. Music can soothe you, in fact, it can positively affect us physically and psychologically. Depending on the tempo music can raise or lower your blood pressure.¹ It can calm us and create a happy, joyous state. The stress seems to just melt away.
One study found that self-selected music was the most effective for inducing a joyous state.² That certainly explains why your personal playlist is so powerful for you but other people aren’t always so entranced. I love learning about new music and having people share music with me. At times in my life, I’ve had friends with whom sharing music was the totality of our relationship; and that was okay. I learned so much about them from the music they shared that we had a full connection.
I have noticed that I am not one size fits all with my favorite music. Sometimes I need instrumental Spanish guitar, while other times only New Age music like Enya or Adiemus works. Then there are times I need some good old hard rock. In these wonderful times of the interweb, it’s so easy to login into Pandora, You Tube or Google Music and play exactly what you want to hear.
I’ve always loved exploring new music. In the last year or so I’ve been introduced to the music of Northern Germanic singer Eivør Pálsdóttir. While researching her music, I discovered Sami music and down that rabbit hole, I descended gleefully. If you feel so moved, explore and look for music that stirs your soul.
Music has been shown to help people with dementia.³ While more research will need to be conducted, there is evidence showing dementia sufferers enjoy music and that their ability to respond to music is present even in the late stages of the disease. Music also creates a means of communication between the patient and caregivers when verbal communication is no longer possible.
I’ve discussed how music affects our Hygge Mind but how about our general feeling of Hygge? Have you ever been relaxing in a beautiful space, maybe sipping a delicious cuppa, and someone introduces beautiful music into the moment? It certainly complements and enhances the experience. To me, sound is definitely a component of my level of Hygge while noise is a possible disrupter of my Hygge.
Explore music and how it makes you feel. Let me know what you are loving these days. Enjoy the joy of the sounds and don’t forget to Hygge!
- Bernardi L, Porta C, Sleight P. Cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory changes induced by different types of music in musicians and non-musicians: The importance of silence. Heart. Published online before print September 30, 2005. Available at http://www.heart.bmjjournals.com
- Lynar E, Cvejic E, Schubert E, Vollmer-Conna U.The joy of heartfelt music: An examination of emotional and physiological responses.
- Baird A1, Samson S2 Music and dementia.