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Soundtrack 4 Optimism: U2's Beautiful Day

Kay Clancy leads The Centre for Optimism's Soundtrack for Optimism!  She is leading 60 days of optimism!  "For the next 60 days, join us as we create an optimistic outlook to take us into year-end and beyond. Drop me a message with your favourite uplifting soundtrack and why it makes you feel good, and we will feature your choice!  Remember, we are responsible for what we put out in the world, and what we put out impacts those around us."

Today's song is U2's Beautiful Day!



Today’s dose of optimism is gifted to us by Richard Ferrier, who says this song has helped pull him out of many a “funk” over the years.

Every day, you can play Kay Clancy's Spotify Music for Optimism Playlist


Every day, you can play Victor Perton's iTunes Music for Optimism Playlist


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:

  • A review of 23 studies involving 1500 people, conducted in 2009, found music helped to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety in heart disease patients.
  • Research from the University of Missouri revealed that music benefits your psychological wellbeing showing that you can raise your mood by listening to happy and upbeat music.
  • A study of 1000 pupils undertaken in Finland in 2013 revealed that those pupils who engaged in singing classes reported higher satisfaction at school in almost every area.  The research also showed that these pupils got along better with others highlighting a broader benefit than the self.
  • A study published in 2011 by McGill University in Canada found that listening to music releases dopamine, the feel-good chemical, in your brain.

Many more studies show that music makes you more generous and empathetic, changes how you feel about people who are different from you and boosts cooperation.   So many great reasons to turn up that dial on music for optimism


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