Does Music Affect Your Mood?

Does Music Affect Your Mood?

Doe, A&E Writer

During the summer, I listened to a lot of music… but who didn’t?

It was a beautiful, hot and sunny day, I was listening to a very sad song, and I realized that my mood was going down! I felt very calm and a little down afterwards, but I didn’t think too much of it.

When I went outside to jump into the pool with everyone afterwards, we had some fun and happy upbeat songs were playing, and I was extremely happy and energetic. Now, could it have been that I was alone when listening to the sad song, or could it have been that songs really do affect your mood? I decided that I wanted to prove that music does affect your mood, since I spent so much time wondering about if it was scientifically true or not! So I looked deeper into it.

I had five people wanting to help out, and 4 different songs to play: happy and upbeat, then sad and slow. After the happy songs I timed their heart rate, and it was higher than usual due to the energy gotten from the song.  Followed by timing their heart rates, I asked questions related to their moods after each song. I got all the same results.

All 5 of them answered almost identical… The happy songs made them happy more energetic, while the sad songs made them feel more down and less motivated to do anything.   When I timed the heart rate, rates were slower when the sad songs was playing, and faster when the happy songs were playing.

This is just one study! There is still plenty of research that needs to be done to prove this scientifically true, but I think that it is. Turn on some music and start listening to some happy upbeat songs before school, or work! It could make a world of difference.