“Captain Obvious 2”
Our first Captain Obvious post noted that one important Depression Hack is to Limit Your Alone Time. Pretty obvious, but often easier said than done. Well, this Depression Hack is as easy to do as it is obvious: In order to feel happy, listen to happy, music. Yep, that’s it. That’s all there is to it. We are not saying happy music will heal depression. It won’t. It will just give you a little boost and make you feel better, which in turn, can help you on your way to healing.
There are studies to back this up, and plenty of evidence proving that it works. From our ancient ancestors’ drum beats to a mother singing a lullaby, we have seen how music affects mood. Music is used to pump up a crowd at sporting events; to aid in learning and creativity in classrooms; to keep the calm in elevators, shopping malls and even operating rooms; to help people fall asleep; and to improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients (and holiday shoppers thinking of all those advertising jingles); and nearly every movie ever made has a musical score to bring us up, down, create suspense, and so on.
No matter what the lyrics are, it’s the really the beat that boosts our mood. If you are interested, read “The Neuroscience of Music, Mindset, and Motivation; Simple ways you can use music to create changes in mindset and behavior,” by Christopher Bergland (2012 Psychology Today). It is a great article explaining the science behind how music affects us.
Next time you are feeling a little blue, listen to some happy, upbeat tunes to improve your mood. Sing along if you want to. Hey, get up and dance! You will feel better.Just for fun: One of our favorite “get happy songs” has a name that is misleading, but it is really upbeat. Take a listen to Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65. We guarantee you’ll be bopping your head back and forth to this song.