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Is there a link between music and happiness?

Christine Carter, PhD
Health Education

The next time a bad mood strikes, consider turning on your favorite tunes. In this video, sociologist and happiness expert Christine Carter, PhD, discusses music's power over your emotions and how to use it to your advantage. 


Yes. Brain-imaging scans show happy songs activate the brain's reward center, releasing dopamine, the same pleasure-inducing brain chemical triggered from eating chocolate or having sex.

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