Romanticising gloom: why sad music can actually make you feel better?

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Pensiveness is perhaps the inherent healing spirit of all souls. There’s a certain charm in pain and that perhaps stems from an innate leaning towards romanticising the dark and abysmal in existence.

Ironic as it may be, there is pleasure even in pain. And while dealing with pain is an experience in itself, there exists certain remedies that are ironically as integral to realising pain in order to outgrow it.

Sad music in particular is one of the remedies of pain that has forever held its appeal for starving souls. Melancholic melodies permeating the air turns out very often to be a surprisingly chromatic experience for those steeped in despair. Why then is this romanticising of sadness so much of an innate requirement for driving out the gloom of life?

Source: Neuroscience News

Perhaps the search is redundant. For it has been an established fact for long that you tend to seek solace most in things that resonate your own deeply felt experiences. Evoking memories is one of the surest ways of reliving moments and tragic melodies have that power of seriously arousing our most heartbreaking of moments so that we revert to them time and again in quest of a ‘greater goal’.

For it is indeed true that when you relive a moment over and over again, it tends to lose its sheen after a point of satiation. Perhaps, that’s how human nature works. You yearn for things that you tend to ignore, while the yearning dies off with continuous experiences. Sadness, however, might feel like it refuses to go away. But if you choose to persist with it, you actually feel your gloom waning away.


There’s perhaps nothing more comforting than the fact that your own experience of pain resonates deeply with some shared encounter. To find solace in words that perfectly captures your most personal conflicts and despairs is an overwhelming realisation in itself.

Doleful melodies might be a remedy for your pensiveness in ways that you might not even perceive. In inciting a feeling of being moved by some experience that had touched you at some point, sad songs arouse and inspire an intense sort of the same emotion that proves to be an outlet for those strong feels that had been pent up for long.
Sad music in cases such as this indeed serves as a catharsis that proves to be a vent for bottled up emotions that in turn may in fact induce more of a collective blithe state of the heart and mind.

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And it isn’t always necessary that sadness is negative. As perhaps the truest form of feeling that refuses to die out too soon, gloom has always been accorded an elevated status in interpretation. The whole notion of happiness pervading the gloom might be a universal desire but it might not be the deepest form of an emotional affliction. What we very often desire then is a recourse to the dismal state of affairs to feed the deepest recesses of our heart.

Listening to sad music to drive away your blues might indeed be some sort of a therapy as researches suggest. The results though are empirical, might not hold for everyone concerned. For people with diverse emotional make up responds differently to different situations. It is only normal therefore to conclude that sad music might not be a pleasurable experience for all those who choose to soak in the emotional aspect that encompasses happier feelings.

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Sadness might very well be believed to be an aesthetic experience that enhances a feeling of pleasure through its variation in emotion. For sadness can be vile or placid, intense or subtle, or even turn out to be the force driving creation.