Music: A remote control for my moods

Music has been one of the biggest influences in my life. It has become more than a pleasurable activity but one of the most useful tools in my self-manipulation toolbox. I can use it to control my mood, change it or enhance it. I have a certain type of music for almost every mood I am in or I desire to be in. Just turn it on and within minutes I can control my mood. I even have music that I can fall asleep to instantly. But it’s not that simple. I’ve spent years experimenting and finding the right kind of music, also after a certain time listening to it repeatedly makes me lose interest in it and then I have to search for something to do the same job. All this is on the assumption that you are open to experiencing the emotions that music has to offer. It is easy to close yourself and not allow it to affect you.

This TED talk by Julian Treasure on 4 ways sound affects us, could not have come at a better time. I had been struggling to make a friend of mine understand what power music holds over me. Incidentally, it has that power on everyone of us. They are listed below:

1. Physiological: Can causes release of harmones, fluctuation in heart-rate/breathing.

2. Psychological: Can affects ur mood. Music is the biggest influence. Natural sounds

3. Cognitively: Open plan office leads to lower productive.

4. Behaviourly: People listening to fast techno music will not drive at 20 mph.

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~ by Akshat Rathi on October 30, 2009.

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