Hans Christian Andersen
I Was Stuck.
A couple days ago, I was dragging after several long weeks of nonstop writing. Normally, coffee and my favorite music keep me going, but my brew tasted bad and my favorite “wild woman girl power” set of dance tracks was leaving me flat. I craved new sounds to get me up and shaking. Not only did I need something new, I wanted those tunes to connect me better with you, my fantabuluastical women readers, as I’m building up to for the big Courtney Helena Blog launch! I was hoping that by injecting new blood to my tired old playlist, my productivity and creativity would jolt back to life.
(Ok. To be honest, I was thinking it was a long shot. I figured most women have pretty much the same girl power songs on their playlists as I do, and that asking would only confirm that. We ladies have our anthems, right? Clearly.)
Emma Stone Knows The Anthems.
And to prove my point – don’t tell me you’ve never had “I Will Survive” on a playlist. Or at least sang your heart out to it after a breakup. Right? Amirite???
I figured trying to expand my musical horizons might be a form of glorified stalling, sort of like an irresponsible teenager making new mixtape instead writing her French essay. It was worth a try, though. I wasn’t getting anything written anyway, and I could always claim I did it this little experiment for SCIENCE.
Science and the Power of Music
Science has repeatedly shown that plugging into our playlists has benefits. Favorite songs can reduce pain and anxiety, and upbeat music with happy lyrics can increase empathy and helping behavior. Believe it or not, even angry music has benefits: listening boosts persistence, gives a sense of control, focuses attention on benefits and rewards, and raises optimism. (And if you sing “Stayin’ Alive” while administering CPR, you actually increase your chances of saving a life.)
So off to the Internet I went. It’s the modern solution – crowdsource it!!!
I Asked, and the Women Answered
So here’s how it went down. I hopped on Facebook, got into my favorite women’s groups (including the Courtney Helena Community), and posted this:
“What’s your favorite Wild Woman theme song? The song that makes you leap into Beast Mode and get sh** done? You hear it, grab your sun hat and spin wild circles in a field of daisies. What song is ALL ABOUT YOU?”
(The “field of daisies” part refers to the graphic, which you can see at the end of this article.)
As of this moment, the answers are still pouring in. I’m pausing at 132 responses (!!!) to get this post out the door to you. That was the original point of asking the question, after all.
Let’s be scientists about this. Make your song prediction and mentally set it aside. We’re going to jump into the straight scientific dope about why certain songs motivate us, make us feel better, and mean so much more than others.
(If you’re the hurried skip-straight-to-the-answer-type, HERE YOU GO.) INSERT LINK.
What Makes a Song Our Favorite?
There is no simple answer to this, but several factors influence our preferences.
BEIJOS FROM BRAZIL,