Even though sad songs should leave a person feeling bad, most of the people love listening to sad music. Sad songs can create positive feelings such as tenderness and peacefulness in listeners. Many people listen to sad songs especially when they feel connected to sadness. Sad music can also regulate negative moods and emotions in addition to providing consolation. In some occasions such as burial ceremonies people will always listen to sad songs as a sign of mourning their loved ones. On the other hand, persons going through breakups and other depressing situations listen to sad songs and appreciate the music whenever they are experiencing emotional distress.
Sad songs allow a person to feel sadness even when it’s not there. This could be after a sad experience that should have resulted to sadness but did not and the listener wants to feel what it’s like to feel the pain or grief. Though in this case the sadness experienced is not the same as the one experienced in an actual sad event, by feeling sadness when it’s actually not there, one feels emotionally satisfied and enjoys the song. The sad songs brings up real feelings that would have been experienced in an actual sad moment and at the same time frees one from the unpleasantness that would have been experienced in a real life situation. The listener ends up experiencing joy and satisfaction of fulfilling their expectations.
Listeners of sad songs get many rewards. Imagination is one of the rewards which make people love sad songs. After a heart break, the best song to listen to is a sad one that maybe about a couple that underwent the same and later made up or each of them got strong and moved on with life. This may never apply to the listeners but the fact that they can imagine the singer going through the same thing as them and then ending up to live a normal live makes them have hope that all will be okay. In addition, listening to sad songs can help regulate ones emotion especially after depressing situations. Most people will cry a lot and mourn after losing their loved ones with no words to console them. Sad music can help them control their emotions since they make them emotionally boosted by helping them express as well as release their sad emotions.
The empathy reward makes listeners feel better as they share the sadness of the singer through the song. By thinking that one understands what others are experiencing from within there is self-satisfaction. When one is feeling lonely or missing someone they truly love, a sad song can offer comfort by showing the listener that someone else shares their state of mind. In addition, sad songs triggers cherished past moments such as nostalgia, tenderness, sadness or peacefulness. After listening to sad songs, listeners feel in love, animated and fascinated since their main expectation of feeling sad has been fulfilled. In conclusion, the sadness felt when listening to the music is not as a result of a sad situation but is a vicarious experience which is not threatening to ones well being.