Music Makes Happiness
Music creates a connection with your body. The connection can cause different impacts depending solely on the type of music being played. Today, I read an article discussing the link between music and happiness. Songs that are typically known as “happy songs” usually have a high tempo and are written in a major key. These songs can directly cause individuals to breathe faster, which is a physical sign of happiness. Researchers at Cal State University have found that music can have such a high impact on happiness that it may eventually help with treatment of patients. Children who were able to play around with instruments were reporting a higher level of happiness. Music therapy has also been found to help improve happiness in individuals suffering from depression or anxiety.
As someone who listens to music frequently, I can confirm that my level of happiness has increased due to the mere fact that a good song was playing. My feet start to tap, my heart begins to beat faster and my body wants to move. All of these increase my overall happiness. I decided to take it a step further and learn how to create the music on my own. I realized that listening to music was wonderful for my mental state, therefore creating music should have a similar effect. I began by learning piano. I first had to learn how to read music. I spent weeks online researching the most efficient ways to learn how to play. Now, I would consider myself a strong piano player. It created mental happiness in more ways than one. It originally just gave me happiness due to the fact that the sound I was hearing was being created by myself. Then, it became more than that. I found myself getting better and better each time that I practiced. This made me want to learn more each day and hearing myself improve week by week was just feeding into my overall happiness. I then began to learn songs that made other people happy. I would play the piano in front of my friends while they sang the words with their angel voices. I connected with my friends on an entirely new level. I recently purchased a ukulele and am learning the basic techniques to conquer the strings.
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