The Importance of What We Listen To

Shared by Dr. Anthony Vasile

Importance of What We Listen To


What we listen to is important. This is not only externally from music or from other people’s voices and opinions. It is also crucial to listen to the way we speak about ourselves in our mind. Our thoughts are powerful. Words are tangible and create a physical change within us. I found a piece of research that looked at the way sad songs effect a person’s mood and I wanted to share it. This research is a great example of the importance of thinking well, including the way we think to ourselves, which is one of the factors that lead us to a state of homeostasis. Remember it is important to maintain a healthy diet, exercise daily, and receive regular chiropractic adjustments.

“Despite the paradox inherent in the idea that sad music could make people happier, research indicates that an improved mood is amongst the primary motivations that people give for listening to sad music. However, it is not clear whether listeners are always able to achieve such aims. This article reports a study in which 335 participants listened to a piece of self-selected sad music. Before and after-measures of mood were taken, and participants also completed psychometric scales of rumination, absorption and reflectiveness. It was found that both ruminators and non-ruminators had significant increases in depression after listening to self-selected sad music. Furthermore, ruminators did not systematically report that they expected to benefit from listening to sad music, contrary to the literature. Results support the hypothesis that listening to sad music is related to maladaptive mood regulation strategies in some listeners.”


Garrido S, Schubert E. Moody melodies: Do they cheer us up? A study of the effect of sad music on mood. Psychology of Music. 2015;43(2):244-261. doi:10.1177/0305735613501938

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