08 Dec If you like music here’s some good news … it can make you a better person!
As a lover of happiness AND a lover of music, it makes me very happy to learn that listening to the right type of music can make me a better person.
Want to be better and happier?
Then read on…
via Inc.com by Jessica Stillman
We tend to think of ethics as a matter of character. You do or do not do bad things because of the type of person you are. But science actually shows that circumstances and surroundings (even quite trivial details of our surroundings) can have an outsize impact on the choices we make.
That’s handy for leaders to know if they want to nudge their people to do the right thing, but it’s also a revelation for individuals. The world does not always make it easy to maintain a loving and generous attitude towards others. Most of us would gladly accept a helping hand when it comes to becoming a kinder, better person. And according to science, musicoffers just that.
We all know that music can affect our mood — pumping us up before a big event, helping us get in the productivity zone, or providing a soothing soundtrack to our lowest moments – but a stack of recent studies also shows music can affect us on an even deeper level, making us more generous and empathetic, and less biased, reports Summer Allen in Greater Good Magazine.
1. Uplifting anthems make people nicer.
From Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” to the Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is the Love?”, we all love to belt out uplifting anthems about building a better world, but one Austrian study found these feel-good tunes actually put people in a “prosocial” frame of mind, influencing their behavior for the better.
Study subjects who had recently listened to this type of music were more likely to come up with positive word associations, give money to charity, and help out when a researcher pretended to accidentally drop their belongings. “When you tell someone to heal the world through song lyrics it appears as if they’re actually more likely to try,” Allen concludes…
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