Category Archives: Music and Happiness

Building Bridges with Music

Our interviewee in this story, 57 years old,¬† is¬† a self-described “aging hippie and¬† music junkie.” Recovering from¬† substance abuse over the course of some seven years, he has found new serenity and joy, thanks to the grounding and centering … Continue reading

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Music and Loss – Songs that Have Helped with Grief

“To me, music is one of the things I couldn’t live without. If I were put on a desert island, I would have to have a solar-powered i-Pod.” These are the heartfelt words of a 41-year old woman, who has … Continue reading

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Music and the Scientific Mind

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing an engineer who, at 75, is a model of what it means to be intellectually vigorous and fully engaged as we grow older. He considers himself to be only semi-retired because he continues … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Music

We didn’t personally interview the people we’ll tell you about here, but their stories–in their own words– seem especially appropriate ¬†as we welcome the coming of spring after a long, hard winter. They also highlight the mysterious ability music has … Continue reading

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What Music Helps You With Your Life’s Stresses?

Whenever we see music described as “just” a stress-reliever, we tend to bristle at the dismissive tone of the comment. ¬†It betrays a lack of understanding and appreciation of music’s value. On the other hand, music can be a real … Continue reading

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What Music Did You Love When You Were 14?

So many stories. So many moments of happiness…sadness…nostalgia…comfort…power…and so much more that our storytellers are willing to share with us. This is why we enjoy interviewing people like you about the music you love. Through gentle conversation, we try to … Continue reading

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Drumming for Humanity

NOTE: ¬†In January we will begin monthly posts featuring interviews with people who have talked with us about the music they love– music that has made a difference in their lives. If you have a story to share, please write … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift of Forgiveness

FIRST — NEWS ABOUT 2014!¬†Watch for our new series of posts beginning in¬†January. We have been interviewing lovers of music¬†of all kinds for several years. They have told us¬†about the music they like to listen to most and how¬†music has … Continue reading

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A Sense of Humor is a Joy Forever

Humor is often under-rated as a character strength. Yet there’s nothing quite like it to sharpen your focus (to get the joke), release hormones like oxytocin,¬† boost the immune system, promote zest and optimism, and sometimes just help you cope … Continue reading

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Tom: a Master of the Universe

…of Social Intelligence Who is Tom and what does¬†Social Intelligence have to do with music? Social IQ is a character strength often literally worth its weight in gold.¬†People with high Social Intelligence exhibit deep emotional understanding of others, which often … Continue reading

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