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Capable of Happiness: The Effect of Music

By Gillian Pietrowski
Assistant Features Editor

Many students may not expect music to play a role in their lives larger than background noise during a drive. In a deeper sense, music has the ability to change how you are feeling. From crying to smiling, a certain song can cause you to feel a wide range of emotions. For anyone feeling down in the dumps, finding a song that fills them with happiness can lift them from a sad mood. For anyone preparing to go on an interview or try something outside of their comfort zone, there are many songs that inspire courage to make them feel unstoppable and put them in a positive mood. Below is a list of uplifting songs with different types of artists and genres.

Photo by Jada Butler

Playing a familiar song can improve someone’s mood and prevent their problems from worsening. Whenever a person feels sad or discouraged, they should play a song that is special to them so that their day isn’t ruined. We can find happiness everywhere we go, we just have to be willing and open to the endless possibilities. Music is one of those little things that can bring joy into people’s lives without you even noticing it.

Courage Playlist:

1. Feel it Still – Portugal. The Man
2. The Greatest – Sia
3. Rise up -Andra Day
4. My Life – Billy Joel
5. Heroes – David Bowie
6. Glorious – Macklemore
7. My Way – Frank Sinatra

Happiness Playlist:

1. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
2. Electric Love- Born
3. Peaches – In the Valley Below
4. Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest

5. My Church – Maren Morris
6. Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
7. This is the Day – The The

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