OK, who hasn’t put Pharrell’s “Happy” on repeat? And for good reason! Music has been scientifically proven to help make you happy. And we have the proof — all in a fun infographic!
Today is the U.N.’s International Day of Happiness, which is all about the importance of happiness and wellbeing of people all over the world. Not surprisingly, Pharrell is in support of today, and, in a happy coincidence, his hit song is No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. Happify, a website and app that helps people live happier lives through science-based activities and games, created an amazing infographic for the occasion.
The infographic, The Science of Happy, details all the amazing ways music actually makes you a happier person. Insert a ton of happy emojis right now! Like, did you know dancing together at the same time produces a neurochemical release that leads to positive emotions? Or that music rewards the brain by releasing dopamine before and during your favorite parts of a song?
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