Ferguson research in The Journal of Positive Psychology, people can improve their overall happiness in just two weeks by listening to the right music. In his study, he conducted an experiment which involved having people listen to music that was upbeat as well as sad music such as, Stravinsky. The participants that listened to upbeat music, including Copeland and other similar artists, reported feeling happier and ready to have fun. The other participants who listened to music that wasn’t as upbeat reported feeling “gloomier” and not as happy before. In a similar study, The Journal of
Consumer Research explained that people who had just been through a sad event in their life heavily preferred sad music over happy music. In the same study, the participants who had been through a sad or frustrating event such as, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, getting in trouble, or being stood up on a date explained that after listening to sad music, they felt a little better about what had happened. For this reason, people often use music as therapy. On a similar note, music has an enormous effect on our brain. It can often trigger multiple secondary responses such as, moving with the USIA or tapping your foot to the beat.
This happens due to the stimulation of neurons in the motor cortex of your brain. Moving to the music or tapping your foot can, incidentally improve your mood. Music has also shown to increase energy. Recent studies have shown that if you listen to music while you work out, you can get one to two more reps on average in every set you do. So does music affect your mood? Studies would indicate it does. But, music doesn’t affect your mood. Music affects life. People spend money to buy it, listen to it live, or just enjoy it while their driving down the highway.