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The power of a playlist

Music has been proven to reduce stress and even ease pain. It can help to evoke memories and stir positive emotions. We here at Positive Caregiving are big proponents of turning up the tunes. Music is a positive way to connect with our care partners, it can help motivate us to complete chores and tasks, and it provides a method to help us transcend simple day-to-day stressors.


What are some songs that just make you feel good? This week challenge yourself to gather 10 – 15 songs to create a playlist for yourself named “My Hug” and play it when you need a pick-me-up. I have curated a list of songs that I find especially soul-satisfying. The songs chosen tend to remind me of gratitude, empathy, forgiveness, love or awe and they ALWAYS have the magical power to make me feel better when I turn them on and turn them up. Feel free to use them all or some of them on your own “My Hug” playlist.


1. Let it Go – James Bay

2. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

3. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers

4. Kind and Generous – Natalie Merchant

5. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

6. Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston

7. Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

8. Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins

9. As Time Goes By – Rod Stewart & Queen Latifah

10. You Gotta Be – Desiree

11. Happy – Pharell Williams

12. Love is the Seventh Wave – Sting


*** Keep reading if you need directions on how to make a music playlist with 5 popular music services. (Thanks to OpenAI's ChatGPT for the simple instructions below!)


Spotify:

Open the Spotify app and go to the "Your Library" tab.

Select "Playlists" and then "Create Playlist".

Name your playlist and add songs by searching for them in the search bar or browsing through your saved music. You can also add songs to your playlist by clicking the "Add to Playlist" button when listening to a song.

Apple Music:

Open the Apple Music app and go to the "Library" tab.

Select "Playlists" and then "New Playlist".

Name your playlist and add songs by searching for them in the search bar or browsing through your saved music. You can also add songs to your playlist by clicking the "+" button when listening to a song.


YouTube Music:

Open the YouTube Music app and go to the "Library" tab.

Select "Playlists" and then "New Playlist".

Name your playlist and add songs by searching for them in the search bar or browsing through your saved music. You can also add songs to your playlist by clicking the "Add to playlist" button when listening to a song.

Amazon Music:

Open the Amazon Music app and go to the "My Music" tab.

Select "Playlists" and then "Create New Playlist".

Name your playlist and add songs by searching for them in the search bar or browsing through your saved music. You can also add songs to your playlist by clicking the "+" button when listening to a song.

Tidal:

Open the Tidal app and go to the "My Collection" tab.

Select "Playlists" and then "Create New Playlist".

Name your playlist and add songs by searching for them in the search bar or browsing through your saved music. You can also add songs to your playlist by clicking the "Add to Playlist" button when listening to a song.


In all of these music services, you can also rearrange the order of songs in your playlist by dragging and dropping them and delete songs from your playlist by swiping left on them.

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