Music effective in overcoming anger and sadness, mental health study shows

Listening to just over an hour of music each day can have a positive effect on mood mental wellbeing, a new study has revealed.

The research, published by the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), shows how music is important in maintaining good mental health.

According to the report, listening to just 78 minutes of music each day can have a positive long-term effect on an individual’s wellbeing.

The type of music listened to can also play a role on somebody’s mood, with energetic, upbeat music making someone feel motivated or uplifted, while relaxing music can make someone feel calm and at peace.

The study, which surveyed around 7,500 people globally, found that over 90 per cent of participants listen to music to help them relax, while 82 per cent of those who listened to music regularity reported “greater levels of happiness”.

A further 47 per cent of respondents said music can help them overcome sadness, while 28 per cent said the same about anger.

As a result, the researchers suggest putting together playlists based on the listener’s mood and feelings.

Commenting on the report, BAST researcher Lyz Cooper, said: “There are certain properties of music that affect the mind and body. Dedicating time each day to listen to music that triggers different emotions can have a hugely beneficial impact on our well-being.

“Listening to happy songs increases blood flow to areas of the brain associated with reward, and decreases flow to the amygdala, the part of the brain associated with fear.”

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