How to Infuse Your Day with Music and Boost Happiness

I remember one particularly hard run in Chicago. It was humid, and I wasn’t really feeling it, just focusing on getting the next mile done. Then, Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now came on and it felt easier. Nothing changed outside of me. The sun was still on me, the ground was still just as hard and I still has the same amount of miles under my belt and ahead of me.

Music is powerful and it has been clinically proven to have a positive effect. The American Music Association notes that:

Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those who are resistive to other treatment approaches. Music is a form of sensory stimulation that provokes responses due to the familiarity, predictability and feelings of security associated with it.

American Music Therapy Association

While you may not feel you need a music therapist, it’s clear that we can use music to enhance our moods and our lives.

Here are my favorite ways to incorporate music into the everyday:

In the shower

I set my phone on the shower ledge (outside the glass!) and listen while I shower and dress. It truly sends you into your own world instead of thinking of what else lies ahead in your day.

Best Tunes: Songs you love to sing along to. Try this playlist from Spotify: Songs to sing in the Shower


I mean, duh, right? You probably do this, but be proactive about it. When you’re alone, put something on that maybe you feel embarrassed to know all the words to (Backstreet Boys is my top choice there for those wondering.) Take advantage of being in the car and turn it up! When Owen isn’t in the car I have the volume at a ridiculous level and it is soul-giving.

Best Tunes: Nostalgic songs. I’ve been a little too into this playlist: Best 90s Alternative Playlist Ever

Cooking or cleaning

Make the everyday tasks more enjoyable with some music. Get into a groove and create a fun ritual with things you may feel resentful of.

Best Tunes: Songs that make you shake your stuff. Try this: Cleaning Kit

Prep for a big day

Before I host a workshop, I get some high energy confidence through music. Sometime’s I’ll dance, but for you, it could be listening to on the way to an interview, or popping in your headphones before stepping into a big meeting.

Best Tunes: Songs that empower you. Like this playlist: Empowering Songs for Women

Morning or evening routine

Set the tone for your day, and/or wind down from your day with a music ritual. Play while you get ready or eat breakfast, or maybe just upon waking. Turn on – likely different – tunes when brushing your teeth and getting ready for bed.

Best Tunes: Morning, depends on the day ahead, more relaxing at night. Here’s a good evening playlist to try: Evening Wind Down Mix

Whatever your music preference, there are so many ways to use it for a boost. Comment with a song you’re embarrassed to still know the words to!

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