9 Songs Guaranteed to Make You Happy Science Says, So We Tested Them!
A university professor in London named Dr. Michael Bonshor, who has a PhD in music psychology (um, where can I get THAT degree?) claims to have cracked the formula to creating a happy song.
Basically, the song has to be in a major key, with 137 beats per minute, a strong beat, four beats in every bar, and a verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure is a sure-fire way to produce a happy beat.
It should also have a short intro, repeated riffs, high volume, bright tone, and a mix of predictability and surprises.
Oh, and it has to be something you can dance to.
The scientist also came up with an original piece that has ALL the happy fixins.
It’s called “The Lighter Note” and I can’t say I hated it.
I’m going to give it the ultimate test and see if, when I play it WHILE putting away three loads of laundry, I’m still in a good mood.
Now that’s what I call SCIENCE.
According to the report:
The happy formula has also been turned into a pitch-perfect track, called The Lighter Note, featuring upbeat notes, peppy chords, and feel-good musical breaks – which has been produced by Jamie P and Oliver Price and is available on Soundcloud. The track was commissioned by Müllerlight, which teamed up with Dr. Bonshor and also conducted research of 2,000 adults that discovered 32 percent turn to music daily to improve their mood.
As for popular songs, I’m not a “paid” scientist, but I contend if you listen to Danny Kaye’s “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” OR “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Spamalot, you cannot help but be happy.
Trust me on this.
Here’s some other fun news:
“It takes an average of just 14 seconds for these songs to start working their magic. Pop, rock, and dance rank as the three happiest genres of music, while 71 percent feel music is one of the most powerful influences for changing or reinforcing their mood. Half believe the power of music is actually underestimated, and 38 percent recognize it can deliver amazing highs and lows.
But I’ll give it to this dude. He might be on to something.