A lot of us have this habit of singing at random moments even though our voice is horrible, still we feel happy when we do it. Often these reactions are triggered by happy or sad memories recalled by the music. Pleasure, Comfort, and Pain.
Of these, Sad music leads and the question is why? When we feel bad we always want someone to tell us that we are right. If someone thinks that life is unfair then he would feel much better if someone confirmed this belief.
Now what sad songs do is that they repeat the same negative beliefs sad people have and make them think they are right.
Studies show that Sad music act as a distraction. Sad music allows us to escape silence. Listening to music releases dopamine – a neurotransmitter associated with food, sex, and drugs – at certain emotional peaks, and it’s also possible that this is where we get the pleasure.
People in sad circumstances always want a song they can connect their current situation to…This allows them to escape silence and feel good.
Benefits of sad music
Sad music appeals to our deepest emotions of longing, it sparks a memory, it helps them process the sad emotions, helps them get over it. It has been scientifically observed that singing and listening to sad music reduces feeling of depression and anxiety.
Singing releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Because the deep breathing needed to sing draws more oxygen into the blood and causes better circulation to brain.
Music touches us in ways that nothing else can. We can relate to a song that someone else relates to in a completely different way and neither one of those relations is anywhere close to what the songwriter had in mind.
So, is it good to listen sad music when you are sad?
Well No! Even though Sad music can improve your mood for a short period of time still their long term effect is catastrophic. Sad songs can turn your temporary negative thoughts into permanent negative beliefs that result in prolonged sadness and depression.
You might be thinking why don’t we just listen to happy music when we feel depressed then? Study showed that even when people feels more depressed after listening to sad music, they still tended to argue that the music had helped them.
So, it’s not that listening to sad music is bad. Music can be an effective distraction when you are sad, but make sure you don’t overdo it.
There can be too much of a good thing, but excessive use of sad music can be a sign of avoidance, and even an indication of poor psychological adjustment.