Ok this sort of makes sense to me. One of the songs that makes me feel the most joy actually is quite sad. It almost feels as though it makes me feel empathetic which I do think is soothing to my nervous system.
“A new study has revealed that listening to sad songs can improve a person’s emotional wellbeing as well as make us feel at peace and nostalgic. It found that most people experience more than three emotions when listening to sad songs, which provoke a more complex reaction than happy pop songs….Music-evoked sadness can be appreciated not only as an aesthetic, abstract reward, but [it] also plays a role in well-being, by providing consolation as well as regulating negative moods and emotions…The study says that sad music stirs up a mixture of complex and ‘partially positive’ emotions, including nostalgia, peacefulness, tenderness, transcendence, and wonder, Pacific Standard reported.”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2820606/Feeling-listen-SAD-music-Melancholy-tunes-lift-moods.html#ixzz3ID1D98J9
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