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Listen to some music that you like. Turn up the volume or put on earphones so the rest of the world is shut out and you can immerse yourself in the music. Just sit back and just enjoy it. Sing along if you like. Immerse yourself in it and let it carry your cares away.

Music can also help while you work, maybe as a background, shutting out all those other distracting noises. If the words of songs intrude, just put on music without any lyrics.

If you can and if you like, make the music yourself. Learn to play piano, guitar or some other instrument, playing by ear or reading music. They play songs you like. Maybe even compose your own music. Find the musical muse that makes you most happy.

You can even add dance to the music, moving your body in time to the beat. If you're working, just tap to the beat. If you've more room (and you don't need much), dance around. If you are extraverted, dance with others (maybe going to a club). If you're introverted, you can happily dance alone. You can just shuffle along to the music, going whatever way you like, or you can take lessons to build up your dancing skills.

Discussion

Music works through repetition, where the familiarity of patterns create comfort and pleasure. It also works by broken patterns, where variations cause surprise and interest.

You will probably enjoy familiar music more, but you can also find pleasure in exploring new music. There is plenty of music free online at the moment. You can also listen to the radio (or an internet station). A great way to listen to music is live, with bands you like in front of you, and the buzz of the crowd around you.

Skill in dancing is not needed. All that is required is that you find pleasure in movement. Going to a club is very popular as you can lose your cares amongst the people and the pounding beat. You can also go formal, learning salsa, foxtrot, waltz and other dance routines.

See also

Repetition principle, Harmony principle

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