It's been a long, stressful day: meetings, emails, phone calls barraging you nonstop. Now it's finally time to drive home, but you're still all wound up. So how can you de-stress after a difficult day? Make a playlist, of course.
Upbeat music has long been perceived as a mood-booster, with studies suggesting a correlation between the two. The trials found that people who listened to "happier" music while trying to uplift their mood succeeded -- and not only immediately, but in the long-term as well. Participants also reported higher levels of happiness after two weeks of lab sessions, during which they'd tried listening to positive music to feel better mentally. So what does this mean for you?
Putting together the perfect playlist can change your commute for the better. Create a playlist of whatever music you like best. Everyone has their own taste in music, so include whatever will help you relax, whether it's mellow or funky. If you find yourself getting tired of the same playlist, you can always shake it up. Try crafting a new one every week so you don't get bored with the same old tunes. Before you know it, you'll be eagerly awaiting the drive home every day.
Take steps to further eliminate unnecessary stress. Download the playlist to your MP3 player before you have to leave. That way, you can simply turn it on as soon as you step into the car without stressing over what to play. Use Buick's IntelliLink voice-activated system to deejay hands-free.
Interestingly, making a playlist like this may not benefit just you. Improving your own mood is also conducive to everyone else's happiness because it is related to a higher likelihood of socially beneficial behavior. So make it a habit: turn on the tunes and, it's zen from here on out.