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Feeling down recently? Don’t forget about the healing powers of music, including the potential to lower cortisol levels and even boost your immune system by increasing antibody immunoglobulin A levels. It reminds us that at least in the Northern hemisphere, life goes on but it’s still getting warmer outside. Listen to this playlist while doing homework, working out, or doing the dishes to make it a little more bearable. Or use it to inspire you to start a new project. Stay safe everyone!

Here are a few of the songs featured in it:

“Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros

Icelandic for  “jumping into puddles,” this unique song sounds like the happy ending of a movie soundtrack (and it is exactly that in We Bought a Zoo).

“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” by Kate Bush

This song is about various roles in a relationship but also extends to helping the other partner through life and wanting to “swap places.” It connects to empathy in the face of tragedy with a beat that will inspire you to run up all the hills in your life, physical and metaphorical.

“Empty Room” by Arcade Fire

This song inspires me to get out of bed in the morning. Although based on the lyrics it could be considered a seemingly happy “sad song,” it deals with loneliness and wanting life to start again, something I’m sure most people can relate to right now. Somehow it makes me think of someone scribbling in a pen made of beautiful colors in a way I can’t fully describe—you’ll have to listen to it to see.

“It All Feels Right” by Washed Out

One of my favorite songs recently, this song is both mysterious and has a blunt sound of seeing life for what it is. It really does sound “washed out” or like it is coming from underwater. With bursts of sound throughout, it’s a happy song that reminds us that there are good times ahead.

“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra

Lastly, here’s a classic feel-good song that’ll never get old. Amidst all the chaos, the sky is still blue.

Check out the playlist here!


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Olivia is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying marine science. She loves the ocean and summer more than anything and wants to live somewhere warmer one day even though she's spent her whole life in Massachusetts. She also likes music, night runs, and writing pointless things.
Writers of the Boston University chapter of Her Campus.