Sad Music: The Unexpected Mood Booster
Fans of Morrissey, rejoice! Or, rather, contemplate this deeply and solemnly. Our favorite sad songs can sometimes make us feel….good? Researchers believe this might be partly attributed to a phenomenon called "sweet anticipation"—when we expect something to happen (like feeling sad) and it does, we feel pleased. A 2013 Japanese study also found that we can acknowledge sad music as sounding, well, sad, while simultaneously describing it in ways that feel good to us—in the study, people reported feeling more "romantic" and "blithe" after listening to certain sad songs.