By Annie Zhai 

Are you one of those people who has a playlist for every mood? One for pre-drinks, another for rainy days and one for when you are getting ready or to teach that person who screwed your best friend over? I’m sure you have realised that listening to music can be therapeutic. But what exactly is it about music that boosts your mood?

Well let’s break the science and math down. Songs that exude good vibes often have lyrics that explore the positive aspects of life such as love and happiness. In fact, songs that contain major third musical keys and a tempo of 150 beats per minute (BPM) were able to make people to feel happy. Maroon 5’s ‘She Will be Loved’ has 102 BPM and it isn’t exactly a song that would lift your spirits. You would probably slow dance to it. However ‘Hey Ya!’ by OutKast has 160 BPM and it definitely has the power to make you scream the lyrics out as you drive down the Great Ocean Road.

So as you can see music can be a way to hard-wire in an attitude adjustment. In fact, it may even compete with your best friend's loving hugs as genuinely therapeutic. In fact music therapy is an accredited profession that is used in industries such as school and substance abuse recovery programs help clients with many things like meditation or stimulating the brain. That’s why I’m one of those people who has way too many Spotify playlists. So if you ever feel like you are in a slump during hump day then chuck on your earphones and start walking because it is one way to get you dancing.

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