The Scientifically Proven "Feel-Good" Song

Everyone has one song that triggers a specific emotional response. It might be the song that you danced to at your wedding or a song that takes you right back to your high school cafeteria. The reason we have a such a deep connection to music because it is hardwired in our brains.  In fact, scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.

New research suggests upbeat or uplifting music can enhance attention and memory in school age children. Other studies show that calming music such as Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” had a positive effect on cognition among adults. Despite the debate over which music positive impacts learning the most, neuroscience confirms that the best way to get your whole brain in gear is with music.

“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” -Albert Einstein

It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that in addition to enhancing cognition, music also significantly benefits our mental health and well-being. A study conducted by researchers from McGill University in Canada found that listening to music increases the amount of dopamine released into the brain. Now, scientists are exploring music as a potential treatment for depression.

Most of us don’t need science to tell us that certain songs immediately make us feel good. However, cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Jacob Jolij, wanted a quantifiable explanation as to why some songs make us feel better than others.  In fact, he made it his quest to identify the most feel good song of all time. If ever we needed a scientifically proven "feel-good" song, now would be it!

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