Lykke Li said that sadness is a blessing and I’ve always believed her, but now Lykke and I have science on our side. A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology revealed that “music that is perceived as sad actually induces romantic emotion as well as sad emotion. And people, regardless of their musical training, experience this ambivalent emotion to listen to the sad music.”
They add that sadness in music is not the same as real life sadness, and we can actually enjoy experiencing sadness in music. “Emotion experienced by music has no direct danger or harm unlike the emotion experienced in everyday life,” the scientists explain in their findings. “Therefore, we can even enjoy unpleasant emotion such as sadness. If we suffer from unpleasant emotion evoked through daily life, sad music might be helpful to alleviate negative emotion.”
God bless this beautiful Sadderday.