Music can have a major effect on our mood

Music is a big part of most people’s lives. It can often provide the soundtrack to whatever we’re doing, whether it’s working up a sweat in the gym, concentrating on some work, or celebrating with friends.

While we often choose the music to match our mood, scientists have been trying to understand whether music can actually have an influence on our moods and emotions. Specifically, researchers have been hoping to find ways to use music to improve the moods of patients.

Just like how we know colours can affect our mood, scientists are fairly confident there is a link, but it’s proving more difficult to understand exactly how it works. For example, research conducted by Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä found that listening to sad music can provide both positive and negative emotions with listeners.

Other research has found that upbeat music can bring more positive emotion to people, but sad music may help people who are going through personal loss.

Some research has suggested that music can have an influence on your heart rate, although claims that it heart “synchronises to the beat” are unlikely to be true. However, some research has suggested that people that sing together synchronise their breathing.

Music is thought to stimulate the fight or flight response in the brain, helping recovery from psychological stress.

In the absence of concrete conclusions from research, it’s probably best to assume that the best approach for controlling moods through music is best done in accordance with the preference of each individual.

The almost endless variety of music means that we have access to songs for every occasion. Music that we listen to while we’re getting ready for a party may be different to the songs we put on when trying to concentrate.

Getting in the Zone

Outside of a clinical environment, using music to control our mood is commonplace. You’ll find offices around the world filled with workers who sit listening to music through their headphones. While university libraries are also packed with students hunched over textbooks and laptops, using music to help their concentration.

Music can have such an effect on our mood, it’s also often used by athletes to help them get focused ahead of a competition. Formula 1 drivers are regularly seen listening to music through headphones before getting into their car for a race. Similarly, poker players often use music to help them focus during games. However, in both cases the choice of music will vary depending on personal preference, and it often is a reflection of their own personality with some choosing fast up beat songs and others preferring more classical, calming tunes.

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Destressing

Friday and Saturday nights usually see hoards of people descend on pubs, bars, and clubs, all looking to have a good time with friends and destress after a busy week of work. Music plays a big part of this, with DJs usually given the job of setting the tone for the establishment.

Some research has suggested that the loud music of these venues encourages customers to drink more, and therefore spend more.

Just listening to music, regardless of the environment can have similar effects. This can be because of the upbeat nature of the song or because it can bring back memories of a happy moment in your life.

Going further, research by Mark Reybrouck, Piotr Podlipniak, and David Welch in Frontiers in Psychology has hypothesised that listening to loud music can activate an “oceanic feeling”, a term used to describe a feeling of being “limitless”. Their research found that music, when played loudly, appeared to activate primitive reactions in the brain.

Final Thoughts

While scientists clearly have much more work to do, they have demonstrated that our moods can be affected by the music we listen to. There have been several contradictory findings about the type of music that is best for improving the mood, so it perhaps may simply be down to personal preference.

It’s clear from the fact that so many people find that music helps them concentrate, get into the zone or feel better that it is an effective tool for boosting our mood.

The Color, The Style, The Uniqueness. Embrace Change Without Fear And Get The HAIR That Makes You Feel Comfortable (PHOTOS)

As the saying goes, change is inevitable, and ladies in most parts of the world are embracing the changes in their dressing code from clothes to hair and even make up.

There are many companies that make various types of synthetic hair. Most ladies prefer wearing artificial hair as compared to natural hair since they claim it is much easier to maintain.

Weaves, wigs and braids come in various colors and lengths.

Some ladies prefer having straight weaves that have a fringe so that they may cover their foreheads and they definitely look good. Some ladies have natural long foreheads which to some makes them appear unique but to others it is undesirable.

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Whereas most ladies prefer having long synthetic hair, some find short natural hair more attractive. Short, neat well combed hair is much more affordable and easier to maintain. Black or in any other dye colour, it makes one look more natural. It can be simply combed or rolled and waxed into baby locks and accompanied with lines to perfect the look.

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Dreadlocks are becoming trendy with them proving to be the simplest way to maintain long natural locked hair. They need less time to be put in place while at the same time patience is needed for them to appear neat. They can be left hanging or joined to form lines. Some people accessorize dreadlocks with Rastafarian bids as it is believed this culture emerged from their world.

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Not everyone likes straight weaves.Curly and wavy weaves are becoming trendy with most ladies favoring them and especially those with ‘small heads’ and slim bodies as they believe it makes them  look noticeable and maturer. Well that could just be a belief since even curvy girls still have them well placed and look totally beautiful. They come in many colors to suit each skin type.

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The hair world is going a notch higher when it comes to colors. Aggressiveness and courage are basic in this as not everyone would get to this level. But to most who try it out they definitely give a mouth watering look. Some prefer dyed natural hair while some do colored weaves. Accessorizing the color of the hair with the makeup ensures a perfect look.

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The hair world is growing at a fast rate with many ideas coming up daily. All you need to do is know what suits you and get the best salonist in town ,your look will be a perfect one. It’s always good to try out new things, don’t stick to the old you even though the fact remains beauty is in the eye of the beholder.