Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
Music is something that everyone can relate to, it doesn’t matter what culture, race, or occupation, music is something we can all relate to. Music has recently been used to even aid in recovery of mental health issues in individuals. Music can even help our behavior and attitude. Music has some distinct features that we can tap into to use to cope with life and allow us to eleviate stress and have a more positive lifestyle, these mechanisms include lyrical analysis, actively listening to music, and songwriting.
Lyrical analysis allows us to identify feelings with phrases within songs. For instance I may associate the phrase If not us then who if not me and you? from the song Do Something (Matthew West, 2012) with the need I have to help issues in the world. I can listen to the lyrics in this song to feel inspired and act upon the feelings I feel to help people to get out there and do something about it.
The second way music can by used to improve our mood is by actively listening to the music. Now lyrical analysis is shaped through the kind of music listened to according to the mood that the individual is currently in. For example, if I was going through a hard time, like the loss of a loved one, I would listen to sad music to give me an outlet to the hurt I feel inside. This must be used with caution, as it can cause a loop of depressive feelings if the kind of music listened to is depressive and sad. The best way to use this method is by starting out with more sad music, and slowly working your way up to positive music, slowly bettering your mood.
The final way to improve your mood is through songwriting. This is similar to journaling, but it gives us an outlet to write our feelings, and in the process it validates our feelings and builds self esteem. It is a creative way to move from on from a sad event such as a loss of a love one or a breakup.
All of these can be used to improve our mood on those hard days that we cannot seem to see past the cloud of sadness. But music is an excellent way to cope with it. Living with a positive attitude never means we ignore the other feelings. But there are ways we can cope with feelings like sadness and anger. Music can help us do just that.
Information retrieved from: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2016/The-Impact-of-Music-Therapy-on-Mental-Health