Music has been my biggest happiness game changer recently. I can’t wait to share today’s spotify happy songs playlist because I think it could make a lot of people very happy too.
As I type this I have Beyonce’s Crazy In Love on and it’s making me type a lot faster and get to the end of the post. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing, but I am very easily distracted. I started the morning dancing round my office to House of Pain’s Jump Around.
So many happiness gurus – from my husband (who should definitely write a motivational coaching type book one day), to Paul Dolan author of Happiness by Design, to Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous Happiness – have directed me to carefully curating music to boost my mood.
I find I am always turning other people’s music and noise down in the house, Weil suggests we need to find the music that works for us, and in the daytime I can do exactly that to my heart’s content. I finally seem to have cracked Spotify and built some cracking playlists to up my mood and my motivation and most of all, to play when the rest of the world is ‘mildly irking’ me. I’ve even created a Friday afternoon invoicing playlist!
Did you know that as we listen, music gets to work on our nervous system, which is responsible for controlling our blood pressure and heart beat, as well as the limbic system, which is responsible for our feelings and emotions. Research with 1,000 pupils who took singing classes found they were happier at school too. Music really does change our bodies and minds. Amazing!
Every morning in our house my husband blasts out music to make us want to get out and get going – Happy, Billionaire and Get Lucky are on our breakfast playlist. Some of these made my happy playlist (I couldn’t find a no swear version of Billionaire and much as I love it I am not sure money always brings happiness)
Sometimes the lyrics don’t make a difference of course, there is something about the music that just makes you leap up and dance. Sometimes I am finding too that the songs I think make me happy, actually don’t. So I said goodbye to a few.
Sometimes you just need to get your toes tapping (Happy) be reminded how to get up and dance (Hey Ya!), or that all is okay with the world (Lovely Day), or that we all have bad days and you have friends who will pull you out of your bad mood (I’ll be There for You). Sometimes you need to see your place in the universe (Beautiful Day) or to be persuaded to play some music in the first place (Put Your Records On) and then you get it (Suddenly I See) you’re ready to crack on again (I Can See Clearly Now).
Let me know in the comments what you would add to the happy playlist, if you think it will make others happy too I would love to hear it and I will add it on!
Image credit – Shutterstock, girl in red dress.