As a self-help expert, I am always exploring ways to inspire clients to achieve their goals in life, music can play a role in that process.
You will not be surprised to hear that a study found that people asked to listen to positive-sounding music had a measurable boost in creativity compared with people listening to other types of music.
During the study, they had participants go into a lab and listen to one of four types of music. The music was either happy or sad.
Creativity was higher for participants who listened to ‘happy music’ (i.e., classical music high on arousal and positive mood) while performing a divergent creativity task, than for participants who performed the task in silence. No effect of music was found for convergent creativity.
Music listening can be easily integrated into daily life and may provide an innovative means to facilitate creative cognition in an efficient way in various scientific, educational and organisational settings when creative thinking is needed.
I use music in group and one-to-one sessions to help clients plug into their imagination and visualise them doing what they want. We then bring it into reality and use practical step to reach that goal.
I want you to consider what type of music you listen to during the day while on the go; consider playing something else and see the effect; for example, if in a hurry play an upbeat track, if reading play, a down beat track, you get the idea!
Send me your observations on what type of music makes you feel good/ not so good- and what you are going to do different?
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Source of study: Ritter SM, Ferguson S (2017) Happy creativity: Listening to happy music facilitates divergent thinking.