The question that I ask myself everyday before I go to sleep shouldn’t be “What did I do?” It should be “What did I accomplish?”
The researchers found that that sad music has a counterintuitive appeal – it actually makes people feel better. Sad songs allow listeners to experience indirectly the emotions expressed in the lyrics and implied by the (usually) minor-key melodies. The sadness may not directly reflect the listener’s own experiences, but it triggers chemicals in our brain that can produce a cathartic response: tears, chills, an elevated heartbeat. This is not an unpleasant feeling, and may explain why listeners are inclined to buy sad songs and why artists want to write or sing them.
I’ve been feeling really burned out and a little bit down as of late. I’d been spending too much time by myself, isolated from people and reality.
This is a reminder that sometimes it is okay to take a break: to get coffee with friends, indulge in retail therapy, and dance to Vampire Weekend in your underwear.
Reset and restart.