Feeling sad or angry? A study from the University of Missouri has confirmed that listening to an upbeat song can lift your mood.
But this only works if you’re consciously aware you’re trying to make yourself happier by listening to the songs.
Researchers conclude that actively seeking out happiness through music, and other techniques, can then improve your health and relationship satisfaction.
If the upbeat music is on in the background, or you’re not consciously aware that you’re listening to it to boost your mood, the songs have no affect on how you feel.
Lead author Yuna Ferguson wanted to study how people can improve their moods by listening to upbeat music.
She said: ‘Our work provides support for what many people already do – listen to music to improve their moods.’
However, her study found that when people think to themselves that listening to upbeat music will make them happy before listening to the songs, the songs boost their mood.
But if people just listen to upbeat songs, without consciously aware that they are listening to them in a bid to get happier, the songs themselves have no affect.