by Kathy Scott | Featured Contributor
I don’t know about you, but one song can absolutely transform me from a fog of self-pity to a woman ready to take on the world! Not surprisingly, there are numerous studies to back up what I’ve always held true. Last year, Dr. Yana Ferguson led a study at the University of Missouri – “Trying to Be Happier Really Can Work: Two Experimental Studies.” The study found that “short-term moods” and “overall happiness” improved by “listening to different types of music.”
Of course the opposite can also be true. I still remember going to college during one of Florida’s hottest summers. My brother convinced me to take International Relations my freshman year (why?). I couldn’t sleep, I missed my friends and I had no idea why I was taking a class led by Henry Kissinger’s doppelganger. Every afternoon I would hang my head in despair, walk across campus to my brother’s room put on out Simon & Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence, and lay face down on the carpet. That was a dark summer. I upgraded in the fall to Pat Benatar and the Cars, eventually getting my life on track with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. I can still remember the music stuffed in the background of my college years that wafted in and out and around my peak and darkest hours.
McGill University in Canada found an emotional link to music which “showed researchers that dopamine was released in the striatum (fore brain) during peak moments of emotional arousal when listening to the music.”
Who needs wine or alcohol, just bottle of songs you can play based on the kind of chemical it releases should be fine – sounds to sooth your soul, melodies to mend a broken heart or some heart pounding, self-empowering tunes that can push you to great heights of physical endurance.
I even think I’ve cracked the code on building self-worth through a sea of negative globbery with a list I’ve put together below. It’s one of the main reasons I love to run (and walk) my playlist. I’m passing it on to you. The best part is that each of these songs can stand alone so don’t be surprised if you find one that you keep playing over and over on you walk or run.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think and if you have any to add!
Team – Pure Heroine – Lorde
Blown Away – Blown Away Carrie Underwood
I Will Survive – I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
I Don’t Wanna Dance – 20 Reggae Hits Eddie Grant
Skateaway – Making Movies Dire Straits
No Myth – March Michael Penn
Kathy Scott launched Me and My 1000 Girlfriends, That’s Who! in 2011 as a Facebook community of women poised to assist each other when asked to create and distribute emails, phone calls or letters. City council members, senators and governors were recipients of communication including Florida politicians interested in creating controversial 2011 Teacher Merit Pay Legislation, which planned to tie teacher salaries to students’ grades. The move would have hurt some underperforming low income areas where many teachers most wanted to teach, but would be unable to do so with the low pay rate. The legislation was hotly debated with 1000 Girlfriends doing their best to communicate to legislators. The law was later vetoed by Governor Crist.
Scott can be heard every Wednesday evening at 7pm ET at the Women on the Move Blog Talk Radio program. She recently launched her clothing and premium design – Women’s Party of America available on her Website under the Shop tab. Her success mantra is: Failure is not an option. Connect with 1000 Girlfriends on Twitter and at Facebook.