Music for Optimism
by Kay Clancy and Victor Perton
Many of you will know that music can make you feel better, did you know that music also has a physical effect on your body? While you are listening there are changes in your autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for controlling blood pressure and heartbeat, along with changes in your limbic system, which is responsible for feelings and emotions.
There is a wealth of great research that supports this:
There are many more studies that show music makes you more generous, feel more empathetic, changes how you feel about people who are different from you and boosts co-operation. So many great reasons to turn up that dial on music for optimism
"No matter how hard reality seems just hold on to your dreams...you can win as long as you keep your head to the sky. Be Optimistic"
Old Church Choir
"There ain't nothing gonna steal my joy, no there ain't nothing gonna steal my joy"
Good Morning Starshine
"Good morning starshine, the earth says hello. You twinkle above us, we twinkle below"
Open Your Eyes
‘Every morning you wake up, and you have a choice, you can choose to be happy or you can choose to be miserable. Today, we choose to be happy.’
Three Little Birds
"Don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be alright".
Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
"You've got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive, E-lim-i-nate the negative, Latch on to the affirmative, Don't mess with Mr. In-Between"
Optimistic by August Greene
Optimist by Zoe Keating
Optimist by AVA DELLA PIETRA
The Optimist by Evie Irie
Radical Optimism by LUZ1E
Optimism is Contagious by Harold Payne
Happy by Pharrell
Optimism by Hubert Bommer
Best Day - Kesha
Put on a Happy Face
When the Lights Go On Again
Vikki Broughton Hodges on the optimism of “Annie”
“The movie (Annie) was based on a popular musical that won seven Tony Awards when it premiered in 1977, including Best Musical, and ran for nearly six years on Broadway because of its positive message about optimism in the face of adversity — the setting is New York City during the Great Depression and the lead character is an orphan looking for a family… Annie’s sense of optimism is an uplifting part of the musical that sends people home with a smile on their face.”
Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 1
Timothy Tuller, Saint John’s Cathedral
“Edward Elgar’s mammoth Symphony No. 1 … This late-Romantic masterpiece… brimming with an undisputedly English sense of nobility and optimism in the face of adversity. An orchestral music lover’s dream, it is a piece that puts every section of the orchestra through its paces.”
Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again
Kate McLouglin wrote, "Though today We’ll Meet Again is inseparable from the second world war in most people’s minds in the UK, it was actually Lynn who forged the connection, turning a song about absence in any situation into a classic expression of wartime optimism. Lynn was broadcast singing the song throughout the war and its message of hope and resilience lifted national morale."
Movin' On Up
Brandon Tensley writes, The power of "Movin' On Up" can't be diminished that easily, however. DuBois is gone, but in important ways, the radical optimism so associated with the late actress remains -- thanks to a theme song that turned out to be much, much more.
Wild's "Goin Back"
A sweet sonic immersion of buoyant folk pop laced with meaning and emotive depth, Goin’ Back aches with sincerity and pure, unadulterated passion. WILD balance unbridled optimism and hope with intimate outpourings that capture both stillness and a life in motion: Uplifting and invigoration, this is music meant for feeling the fullness of our existence; for embracing the good and the bad, the large and the small
Laura B Whitmore writes, "Acclaimed folk, Americana singer-songwriter Luke Wallace delivers a solid dose of confident optimism with whispery cool vocals and an earthy groove on “Biosphere.”
Luke sings... "I said no nobody - no no nobody nobody gonna bring me down"
There will be a Better Day
I'll be with you in Apple Blossom Time
Optimist by Jahn Teigen
Can't Stop that Feeling by Justin Timberlake
High Hopes by Panic
High Hopes by Frank Sinatra
It's A Beautiful Morning by The Rascals
Greatest Day by Take That
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by SHAKIRA
My Way by Frank Sinatra
Ordinary World - Duran Duran
It's a Beautiful Day
I can See Clearly Now
WILD: "This is Our Time"
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