When I get home from work one of the first things I do is the dishes. It is one of my least favorite chores, but it does not seem as bad as long as I turn some music on first.
I have also noticed how music affects Sawyer, our six month old. As soon as a toy starts playing music he likes he whips his head around to find it and starts smiling.
Music is known to have the ability to change your mood, which makes it an excellent stress reliever. In fact, music has been used therapeutically in hospitals for pain management and emotional well-being. Research has also linked music with happiness, especially certain types of music. Researchers at Japan’s Osaks University studied salivary cortisol levels and other physiological responses and found that music, especially music with a major (rather than minor) tone, is correlated with lowered stress as well as feelings of happiness.
So what songs make you happy? Here are my top 5:
1. My Girl by the Temptations
(I chose this as my number one because I change the lyrics to My Guy and sing it to Sawyer to help him fall asleep)
2. Hey Ya! by Outkast
3. One Week by Bare Naked Ladies
4. Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf
5. All You Need Is Love by the Beatles