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Let Music Drive You

Updated on May 6, 2014

By Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin

Chariots of Fire

Falling in step with your favorite tune is not out of the ordinary. Picture yourself tapping those toes rhythmically as you complete an arduous task, or drowned in a sea of music as you run on a treadmill.

You do it automatically, without hesitation. The self-regulating actions are inexplicable.

They seem without reason, but they do show that music is intense. Its force drives you in all your actions.

Why, and how, does music motivate us? How do we use it to bring out the best in ourselves?


Why music motivates us

Our favorite tunes do, in countless ways. But what is music's "X" factor?

1) It changes your perception.

Just listening to the radio turns a dull morning into a bearable part of the day. It fills a void and energizes us.

A workday isn't backbreaking with the help of a little music. A daily exercise routine becomes more tolerable.

2) It distracts positively.

Music is a positive distraction. It takes our minds off the unpleasantness of life. It occupies our minds and prevents unhealthy thoughts and emotions from filling it up.

3.Music releases Serotonin.

Studies show that listening to music releases Serotonin. Serotonin is the chemical that fosters a joyful, motivated spirit.

Compare it to emotional comfort food, except that this chemical is healthy and piques our senses.
4) Music connects us with ourselves.

Music reveals who we are. It reflects our individuality. Our tastes in music show others a true part of ourselves.

Listening to music allows us to touch base with our passions.

5) Music is fun.

Music signals that the time has come to de-stress and take a little time off our busy schedules. Hearing our favorite tune breaks us from the humdrum of life.

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How music motivates us

1. Music takes us to new heights.

A study by Dr. Carl Foster proves that music pushes you beyond yourself. It allows you to enjoy exercise and its rigorous challenges.

A jog is less exhausting with a pair of headphones in your ears. Scientists want to uncover more about music’s ability to distract an exerciser from tiredness or discomfort.

2. Patients take their minds off their suffering.

When someone plays music to those who are terminally ill, it eases their perception of distress.

3. Music moves you.

Music has the uncanny ability to mobilize you. Think of the times your toes have tapped when you heard your favorite songs, without your awareness.

Studies are ongoing. Researchers like Carl Foster and his team are attempting to explain why we move with synchronous sounds, such as those of charming tunes.

Don't Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin


How to use music to motivate yourself

1) Listen to it as you work.

Provided you lower the volume, listening to music at work raises productivity. It lowers stress levels and the volume of work you produce increases.

I can attest to this straightaway. As I write, I’m tuned into a popular easy listening channel and the ideas continue to flow.

2) Housework is no longer mundane.

Music transforms housework from being a chore to a pleasant task. Find yourself scrubbing dishes with speed.

Draping laundry on a clothesline is not so tedious with music playing in the background. It draws us away from the routine nature of the activity.

3) Write a simple tune for a child.

A jingle composed by a parent is meaningful to a child. There’s no need to emulate Paul McCartney. Simple two-line ditties linger in a child’s consciousness longer than a lengthy tune does.

4) Listen to music as you run on the treadmill.

You’re guaranteed to set the treadmill to a higher speed when music is on. Choose tunes that energize and not lull, or the effect will be the opposite.

5) Play your mother's favorite song this Mother's Day.

A mother seldom craves the absolutely expensive as a tribute. The key to her heart lies in simplicity.

Present her with a disc of tunes she used to listen to, but are now a memory. That touches her heart and gratifies her more than dinner at a fancy restaurant would.

6) Play a song to lift yourself.

Calming music takes you right out of the doldrums. For some, rock music allows them the chance to vent their frustrations.

Play your treasured tune, be it fast, slow, heavy or light, to lift those low spirits and move you.

7) Play a song for a depressed friend.

Watch a friend’s low spirits rise with a little music. Even if he doesn't feel that “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin is an invigorating, cheer-up number, its aca pella charm should leave her feeling less dull after listening.

8) Pen a jingle for a pet.

Pets need a little push, too. Music distracts them from separation anxiety. Occasionally, I hum one-line jingles for my West Highland Terrier, Cloudy.

She ends her vigil at the door for my husband when I sing one.

9) Play a song as your child showers.

Showering is tedium for a child. Parents complain of hearing groans and moans when they raise the subject of a bath.

An energetic song perks them up and puts them in the tub.

10) Use music to teach your child.

A challenging aspect of a poetry’s teacher’s task is to nurture understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare and his peers.

Poetry is an alien language to a child. I used John Lennon’s imagine to raise the issue of creating a better world. His son, Julian, motivate with his song, Saltwater and its thoughts on the environment.

Beautiful Christina Aguilera


Let music drive you further than before.

Original work by Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin All Rights Reserved.

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    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, RDSparrow writer!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Rap is excellent to listen to while jogging! Thanks for sharing !!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, it does! Thanks very much for sharing!

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      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Music can bring out so many emotions in a person. I've used it to keep me calm when I'm feeling overwhelmed, to lift me up when I'm feeling down, and to energize me before a 5k race. With apps like Pandora, we have the opportunity to make a personalized radio station based on the musicians or songs we like. We can find music in a variety of forms so why not use it to our benefit? Thanks for sharing this great hub!

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      Ishita Kataria 

      6 years ago

      Great Hub :D Music is indeed a positive distraction and helps us work our way through the monotonous lives we are leading. I love listening to a Rap while jogging. It simply keeps me going.

      Keep up the good work. :)

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      6 years ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Great thoughts :) I like the beginning tune of the chariots of fire, the movie about Eric Liddell :) It's very inspiring :) I enjoyed listening to the songs. My mom every day as soon as she wakes up and when she comes home after office she always listen to all the Golden Oldies on the radio, as for my bro and sis, both of them listens to songs and play the songs too. I'm the beneficiary of all kinds of music :) Thank you for sharing :) Keep it up!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from the beautiful south

      Hard to blast it with anyone else around but I use music any chance I get. While working it adds moves to help it do some real good! Great article and all so true.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks you, shaput!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, it is, Gypsy!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Ruth!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks so much, Alphadogg!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Chitra!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks so much, Sha!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Travmaj!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, James.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Nell!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, it does, scientifically proven. That chemical is a good one!

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      shafqat ganie 

      6 years ago

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Music is the greatest thing there is and it also inspires. Passing this on.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Oh Yes!! music is the driving force, the elixir of life. Great hub.

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      6 years ago from USA

      I love the how to use music to motivate you ideas! Going to give some a try.

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      Kevin W 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Music is a must for me & the type I listen to is dependent on what I'm doing and my mood. I could not live with my music.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Music brings you close to God. It inspires, soothes, calms and is a healer for me. Very nice hub and I agree with your thoughts in this hub completely.

      Voted up!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I must have music in my life. I have the radio on or I'll play CD's. Music is such a huge part of my life I can't imagine it any other way.

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      Kalaichelvi Panchalingam 

      6 years ago from PETALING JAYA

      How music affects me depends on what my mood is like. When i am down, a sad song tends to make me worse. I see myself in the song and feel the pain more. A happy song when I am happy is like a boost. I feel just great and can even bounce with the tempo. For prayer and meditation, there is nothing like music to create a feeling of peace and still your heart.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome Hub! What a dull world it would be without music. This is a good tribute to it.

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      Janet Giessl 

      6 years ago from Georgia country

      A life without music would be so sad. Thank you for sharing all the great points about music and why it motivates us.

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      6 years ago from australia

      I love this, mainly music and memories. And chariots of fire is one of my all time favourites. The music at my Tai Chi class keeps on playing in my head long after we finish. And music from my childhood and my children's childhood. What a weird world it would be without music.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Bill. We're driven by what we listen to.

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      6 years ago from Morocco

      Very interesting and I agree all points are true.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I use different music at different times of day, Christian Rock for exercise and house cleaning, classical for contemplative times, 70's music to get rid of stress after work, and jazz in the evening to relax. Music is a great way to change or uplift your mood.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      So true! at this moment I have Sean Paul full blast on Youtube! lol! I use to absolutely hate rap....then....boomp! lol! I suddenly can't get enough of it! but yes music is amazing, and does cheer you up and totally changes your moods, great hub michelle!

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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Music releases seratonin? I knew there was some kind of chemical reaction going on in my head. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All points are true. I can't imagine a life without music. So much inspiration has come from a least for me that is true.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Music pushes you in ways you don't notice.


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