Playlist Pick-Me-Up

Hey there, sorry this post is a day late in coming, things have been crazy non-stop busy! But in a way, this activity might be a great thing for crazy busy days. Today the activity itself is fairly simple, but the benefits should last for quite some time.

Music is a great tool to help evoke emotions, which can be helpful when we want some help in changing how we feel. The goal of this activity is to create a tool that can be used to help change emotions. What you will need is some of your favorite music on your computer, a music player program that can create playlists, and something to play your music, be that an ipod, mp3 player, CD or so forth.

Have the participant look through your music selection and pick out songs that evoke a positive emotional response from him or her. If there isn’t enough variety, try going onto itunes or amazon and download some music from either source. (Note that most songs do cost money, though you can find some free ones on amazon if you look hard enough). Remember to narrow the song selection down if you are putting it onto a CD! I recommend to have at least 15 songs on your playlist, the more you have, the longer it will take to get bored of the songs (this also depends on how often you play them though!).

Once you’ve made your selection, burn it to a CD, download it to your mp3 player, or just play it on the computer! And enjoy the positive feelings the music evokes! To give you and idea, here are some of the songs on my current playlist pick-me-up:

What Makes You Beautiful by The Piano Guys
Brave by Idina Menzel
Who Says by Selena Gomez
Let It Out by Miho Fukuhara
Flow Like Water by James Newton Howard
Wunderkind by Alanis Morissette
I’m Yours/Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Straight No Chaser
Kings & Queens by Audio Adrenaline
Keep Changing the World by Mikeschair
Move by MercyMe
Gee by Girls Generation

What songs would you add? Let me know if the comments!

Playlist Pick-Me-Up Activity Notes

Age Group: 6 and up

Materials Needed: Computer, selection of songs, music player program, (optional: CD, ipod, or mp3 player)

Express emotions through listening to music
Express creativity via choices in music

Therapeutic value of activity:
Coping technique
Emotional expression

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