“[...] The brain reacts to [music] by shifting our focus, releasing hormones, and activating emotions and memory. The positive and relaxing effect that music has on our brain cells and hormones brings about an increase in our healing, immunity, and cellular regeneration.”
—From The 7 Day Energy Surge by Jim Karas
Later in the chapter, Karas discusses how soothing music can help us beat anxiety and energizing music, well, energizes us and boosts our mood.
I usually work in silence, but after reading this I decided to play music for one day. Right when I got up, I set my iPod for shuffle, playing a mix of everything from Air and Thievery Corporation to Chemical Brothers and Crystal Method — songs that ranged from slow to fast, but always had a good beat.
Wow! Once I turned on the tunes, I felt uplifted and energetic all day. I actually felt almost giddy with energy and happiness. This will be a new habit of mine.
Can music help improve your mood? Try it one day and see!