Listening to favorite songs could reduce people's perception of pain, and the most effective pain relievers are sad songs detailing bittersweet and emotional experiences, says a new study published in Frontiers in Pain Research. The small study invited 63 young adults to bring two of their favorite songs - one their favorite music of all time, and the other the song they would bring to a desert island. The researchers also had them pick one of seven songs the team considered relaxing which the participants did not know. People were more likely to report feeling less pain when listening to their favorite songs compared with the unfamiliar relaxing song or silence, and those who listened to bittersweet and moving songs felt less pain than when they listened to songs with calming or cheerful themes.

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