Music, Subjective Wellbeing, and Health: The Role of Everyday Emotions

Daniel Västfjäll, Patrik N. Juslin and Terry Hartig

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI:
Music, Subjective Wellbeing, and Health: The Role of Everyday Emotions

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This chapter presents a novel approach to music and health that focuses on exploring health benefits within everyday life contexts, with particular consideration of possible underlying mechanisms. The focus is on listening rather than performing, and on public health rather than clinical populations. A central role is attached to emotion in bringing about desired health outcomes, and it is argued that music may be uniquely suited to managing or regulating emotions and stress in everyday life. The rest of this chapter is organized into three major sections. First, it explains the background and theoretical basis of the current approach. Then, it illustrates this approach by summarizing a set of empirical studies. Finally, it discusses the implications of the results from these studies for future research on music and health.

Keywords: music listening; health benefits; public health; emotion; stress

Chapter.  10131 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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