Music is one of the most relaxing things in the world. It can mend a broken heart, soothe a battered soul and make your world a much happier place. We all have our go-to relaxing song when we want to lessen the ache in the heart or when the world feels a little too much to deal with. Turns out, there is one song that is scientifically proven to be the most relaxing song in the world.
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Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International conducted a research to determine what music was the most relaxing and helped in reduced stress levels the most. The participants of the study were made to attempt some really difficult puzzles that were known to induce stress, as they listened to different songs. Their heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate were monitored to see which song had the highest calming effect.
And it was found that the song that the most relaxing was ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union, and it reduced anxiety levels by as much as 65 %.
While we are overjoyed that there is a cheat code to keep your nerves together when you are stuck in Delhi traffic with drivers honking from all sides, the song is not really a surprise as it was specifically created for this purpose. It was created for a spa and the makers of the song worked in tandem with sound therapists and put together all notes, harmonies and tunes aiming at lowering stress levels in the listener.
In the study, it was found that the song was so impactful that many women reported feeling drowsy listening to it, which is why Dr David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to it while driving. In our fast-paced and extremely competitive world, stress levels are shooting through the roof. People as young as 30 are suffering from heart problems and experiencing ageing way too early. There is too much in life to worry about and we should do as much as we can to keep that stress at bay.
Here’s a list of 10 songs that have been found to be effective in reducing stress. Add these to your playlist!
1. ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union
2. ‘Electra’ by Airstream
3. "Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)’ by DJ Shah
4. ‘Watermark’ by Enya
5. ‘Strawberry Swing’ by Coldplay
6. ‘Please Don't Go’ by Barcelona
7. ‘Pure Shores’ by All Saints
8. ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele
9. ‘Canzonetta Sull'aria’ by Mozart
10. ‘We Can Fly’ by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)