Keeping your body’s energy system flowing smoothly is key to a happy, healthy life and there is nothing that moves your energy faster than music.
Listening to my favorite songs never fails to make me feel good. And when I’m feeling good, my vibration increases and I emit positive energy.
Music can have a powerful influence on your heart rate, breathing, emotions and even brain power. It is listed as the fourth stimuli which the mind responds most freely to in Napolean Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich.
Because of music’s profound effect on your body and psyche, it is an excellent way to raise your vibration.
Listening to music that resonates with you in a positive way can shift your mood, helping you to release negative thought patterns and raise your vibration.
Whether you are listening to music, playing an instrument or singing, it all works to uplift you to a positive, high vibrational place if you are enjoying it.
Don’t tolerate music that doesn’t make you feel good because it will lower your vibration. Positive lyrics are definitely a plus but not always necessary. When I hear B.B. King sing the The Thrill is Gone, I am more focused on the sounds of the guitar and the magic of his voice than I am on the lyrics. It never fails to make me smile, and moves my spirit in the most wonderful way.
If the music resonates with you and it makes you feel good, you will be in a higher vibrational place.
Research has shown that music can have the following physical effects:
- Brain Waves: Brainwave activity changes – a strong beat stimulates brainwaves to resonate in sync with the rhythm, which brings sharper concentration and more alert thinking, and a slower tempo promotes a calm, meditative state.
- Breathing and Heart Rate: Both can be altered by music – which can mean slower breathing, and slower heart rate, and an activation of the relaxation response. This is why music can be an excellent prevention against the damaging effects of chronic stress, greatly promoting relaxation and contribute to good health.
- State of Mind: Music can help keep depression and anxiety at bay by bringing a more positive state of mind. It can also promote higher levels of optimism and creativity, which brings many other benefits such as boosting immunity, easing muscle tension, and lowering blood pressure.
Music can be used in the following ways:
- Relaxation: It promotes relaxation of tense muscles, helping to dissolve stress, and enabling you to release some of the tension from a stressful day.
- Meditation: It can help you get into a zone – a meditative state – when practicing yoga, self hypnosis or guided imagery.
- Positive Focus: Music, especially upbeat tunes, can help you feel more optimistic and positive, taking your mind off what stresses you.
- Affirmations: Affirming lyrics can help you create more positive self talk, by surrounding you with positive energy and helping you to look on the bright side.
Below are a few of my favorite “feel good” songs. If you are not familiar with any of them, I highly recommend you check them out on YouTube and enjoy the good vibes they evoke! Happy listening!
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
Sound of Sunshine – Michael Franti
Say hey – Michael Franti
True to Myself – Ziggy Marley
Free – Donavon Frankenreiter
Life is Beautiful – Keb’ Mo’
If You Want to Sing Out – Cat Stevens
Bright Side of the Road – Van Morrison
Blue Sky – The Allman Brothers Band
Sunshine on My Shoulders – John Denver
I’m Alright – Little Anthony and the Imperials
Don’t Look Back – Mick Jagger & Peter Tosh
Shout – Isley Brothers
Living in the Moment – Jason Mraz
What’s your favorite “feel good” song? Leave a comment below!
What a wonderfully written article!
“The best way to spread [Christmas] cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!” – Buddy the Elf 🙂
A few of my favorite feel good tunes:
Spring Wind – Jack Johnson
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Love is the Answer – Aloe Blacc
You and I – Ingrid Michaleson
Powerful Stuff – Sean Hayes
Sea of Love – Cat Power
The entire YES! album by Jason Mraz
True to Myself & Beach in Hawaii – Ziggy Marley
My ‘Feel Happy’ playlist on Spotify is ever expanding 😉
I really enjoyed this article. I realize after reading this that music in my work day is used often to raise the mood. I noticed you said that music is the 4th way to connect with the psyche according to Hicks. What are the first 3? Thanks for this uplifting and useful information!