8. Happy because of music
Some people experience music so intensely that it can spontaneously make them happy. Not everyone reacts so strongly to music, but nevertheless listening to music can make it easier to become happy. At least, that’s how it goes if you’re open to the effects. How does that work?
In 2013, Ferguson and Sheldon investigated whether passive listening versus active listening to music could make a difference in the effect on happiness. And yes, it could. People who actively listened to music, to be happier, were many times more successful at this than those who did not actively listen to music. In other words, you can become happy (er) with music, but you have to put a little effort into it, you have to actively listen to the pieces.