A new study shows that the way teenagers listen to music is linked to how happy they are.
“Happiness” seems like a simple concept, but you can think about it in two different ways.
First, there is feeling happy in the moment, like when you hear your favourite song on the radio.
Second, there is the happiness that comes from feeling good about your life overall.
We know that music can contribute to the first kind of happiness, but can it also contribute to the second kind?
It turns out that the answer depends on why people listen to music.
Researchers asked more than 200 college students about their reasons for listening to music.
They wanted to know if the students were listening for their own reasons–for example, because music gives them pleasure.