Got the January Blues? Here’s One Simple Remedy. Music!
Yesterday was ‘Blue Monday’. Not the iconic song from the 1980’s rock band New Order. Its the day considered to be the most depressing day of the year.
If you’ve got the January blues, you’re not alone.
Millions of people across the globe consider January to be the most depressing month of the year. Following the festive season, many people are left with the anticlimactic feeling that lingers on throughout the month, and the addition of cold weather and darkness doesn’t help either.
Many of us have enjoyed the festive season, partying with friends and family, indulging in many niceties, and receiving lots of new gifts. However, these feelings of excitement and joy seem to vanish as soon as it hits January 1st.
This gives us a sense that happiness is oftentimes fleeting, especially when searched for through indulging in material means. The effect doesn’t provide much longevity.
Music is Medicine for the Soul
If you want to uplift a tired soul, and experience real contentment, you need to look for things that aren’t transient like material goods. Real happiness is derived from long-lasting and meaningful experiences. A good book, a walk in nature, a comforting hug, or your favourite music.
Music is one of many real joys of the human experience.
It’s almost supernatural in it’s hypnotic affect on our moods. Much like the Nocturnes of Chopin can conjure up feelings of solemnity, Debussy’s Clair de Lune can evoke the serene imagery of moonlight in our minds. All this is achieved by the changing of a few notes and the vibrations of sound. It really is one of the most amazing phenomena known to mankind.
When Science Meets Music
Music is scientifically proven to boost the neurotransmitter Dopamine. This neurotransmitter is responsible for feelings of joy and pleasure in the brain. Music is processed in the Amygdala, the most primitive part of our brain that is responsible for regulating mood and emotions. This means our experience of enjoying music has been intrinsic to human life for millennia.
Music is always available to us and is a never-ending resource of happiness that is priceless. So turn on your radio, or search your favourite song online and sing along or dance, and remember to stop and notice how great it makes you feel!
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Berthold Auerbach
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