Music is powerful – it can influence your mind and your body in ways you may not realize. Music can move us, motivate us, relax us, and inspire us in just the few short minutes it takes to play our favorite song. Music “gets” us – it explains how we feel when we can’t explain the feeling ourselves.
For me, music is an outlet I can use to express my emotions. When people ask me what kind of music I like, rather than tell them a genre or an artist, I tell them an emotion – “I like happy music.” I don’t care if that happy music is pop, country, rap, or reggae – I don’t care if that happy music is in English, Spanish, Arabic, Celtic, or even Gibberish – if it’s happy music, I like it!
I’m notorious for blasting loud, cheerful music in my car, using songs to get pumped up before a big event, and having ten second dance parties when my favorite lyrics come on. Happy music and I go hand-in-hand! So, in honor of having the most positive summer ever, here are ten of my all-time favorite happy songs that never fail to put a smile on my face and a skip in my step! It’s hard to listen to these songs without wanting to put on your sunglasses, roll your windows down, and drive with the music blaring!
All We Got Is Time – Timeflies
Bailando – Enrique Iglesias
Schoolin’ Life – Beyoncé
Neon Lights – Natasha Bedingfield
Geronimo – Sheppard
Good Life – One Republic
Bo$$ - Fifth Harmony
Trumpets – Jason Derulo
Here We Go - *NSYNC
Best Day of My Life – American Authors
I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do! They never fail to put me in a positive mindset, ready to take on any challenge that comes my way!
These happy, upbeat songs are also excellent to listen to while working out! Listening to music while at the gym can actually improve your workout. I find that when I listen to songs I enjoy, I can run further, lift heavier, and push myself harder than when I work out without music.
This is because music acts not only as a distraction while working out, but also as a motivator. When listening to music while working out, try tailoring your workout around the songs you’re listening to rather than around reps and sets. In doing so, you’ll likely get a better, longer workout! Run for the length of song, then walk at an incline for the next song – or lift for the length of a song rather than for a certain number of reps. The length of the song will likely be longer than the number of reps you were planning on doing – and you’ll end up pushing yourself longer and harder than you would by sticking to numbers!
This month, THINK is donating 10% of our proceeds to The Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation in New Orleans. This foundation understands the power of music and uses musical therapy in their mental health programs. Their mission is to raise awareness of mental health programs, such as musical therapy.
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