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Your Breakup Survival Secret

Date:20-05-2013 07:50:05 read:5
Category:Man-->Diseases

Pick your playlist carefully.

Cue the James Taylor. When a relationship has you down and troubled, you’ve got a friend in music, finds a new study from the Journal of Consumer Research.

Compared to people grappling with situational problems like failing a test or screwing up at work, those dealing with depressing relationship issues—say, losing a buddy or breaking up with a girlfriend—are nearly 40 percent more likely to listen to somber music that reflects their mood, the study shows. Researchers discovered a similar preference for angry music when people deal with rage-inducing relationship dust-ups.

Why? Listening to tunes that fit your foul mood is a lot like having a close friend to lean on, explains study coauthor Chan Jean Lee, Ph.D., of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. By reminding you that plenty of other people have felt as crappy or pissed as you do, music that matches your sad or angry emotions makes you feel “understood, cared for, supported, and validated,” Lee and his colleagues say.

Music may also help brighten your outlook, finds a separate new study from the University of Missouri. Just 15 minutes of upbeat songs spread over 2 weeks provided a roughly 15 percent boost in mood, the research shows.

Whether you’re down in the dumps or looking to buck up, find the right mood music at Songza. This free music service offers thousands of song selections based on how you’re feeling—from “trippy” to “trashy.” You can also search through playlists designed to fit your environment or activity, whether you’re barbecuing or trying to mellow out at work.

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