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Music is more than the food of love – it is better than sex.
Britons say that music is more likely to make them feel good than making love – and Abba’s Dancing Queen is the most upbeat track.
Some 40 per cent of the 2,000 men and women questioned said that listening to their favourite songs lifted their mood, compared with the 20 per cent who said that having sex put a spring in their step.
In fact, romantic moments only scraped third place in the poll, with gorging on foods such as chocolate our second favourite way of making ourselves feel happy.
And women were more likely than men to choose songs over sex.
‘Most people are not happy with their relationship status – whether they are in a relationship or not.
‘Music is a more selfish activity because it is just about you and you can immerse yourself it.
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Those surveyed, for Upbeat, a high-protein fruit drink, also rated Dancing Queen as the song most likely to put them in a good mood.
Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem I Will Survive, The Beatles’ Hey Jude and the theme from Fame, sung by Irene Cara, complete the top five.
The other songs in the top ten are Ride on Time by Black Box, Rhianna’s Only Girl (In the World), I Feel Love by Donna Summer, Somebody that I Used to Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra, and Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.
Professor Chamorro said that uplifting songs are mid-paced and comfortingly familiar.
Typically, they have around 110 beats per minute – a pace quick enough to energise us without being so fast that it makes us feel anxious or stressed.
Familiarity is also important, with songs that we know from films, Christmas parties and summer holidays particularly likely to hit the right buttons.
The professor said: ‘Very few songs have any significant effect on people the first time they hear them.
‘If they do, they are not likely to be successful or popular because it means we become bored of them very quickly.’
Songs rated as being uplifting also tend to be in the major key and, not surprisingly, have positive lyrics.
Almost half of said they listen to music while doing housework and more than a quarter of men said they’d rather give up watching sport than stop listening to music.
EUROPE HOPING TO BAN PEEING WHILE STANDING
Peeing standing up could become illegal for men in Europe.
The movement to create “sitting only” public restrooms started in Sweden and is gaining steam, with socialist and feminist political groups aiming to make restrooms cleaner.
Some of these activists have actually begun carrying signs saying, “Drop your trousers and sit” – with a picture of a man peeing standing up covered by a big red “X.” More HERE
If you’ve always dreamed of having a dentist for a child, then make sure you give birth in December. But if you are hoping for a debt collector, then January is definitely your month.
That is the conclusion of researchers who have analysed the birth months of people in 19 separate occupations using information from the last census.
The results appear to indicate that a person’s month of birth could make them statistically more likely to end up as an athlete – or a bricklayer.
In January, GPs and debt collectors were found to be the professions with the greatest percentage above the monthly average. At the opposite end of the scale, it is a bad month for sheet-metal workers.
A February birth appears to increase the chances of being an artist, and March is good for pilots, according to the study by the Office for National Statistics. April and May are said to have a fairly even spread of professions.
Meanwhile, births in the summer months mean a much lower chance of becoming a high-earning football player, doctor or dentist.
For those born in September the two occupations with the greatest percentage above average were sports players and physicists.
The two jobs least likely to be taken up by September babies were found to be bricklayers and hairdressers, while December is said to be rich with dentists
Certain jobs, notably chief executives of large companies and estate agents, are spread relatively evenly throughout the year.Children born in September are shown to have a significant advantage over August births in the early years of education, almost certainly because they were born at the start of the school year and are the oldest in the class.
Although these trends may be difficult to explain, correlations between birth months and specific health problems have a scientific basis. Researchers believe the month in which babies are born could affect everything from intelligence to length of life.
Research suggests many of the differences are linked to a mother’s exposure to sunlight in pregnancy.Sunlight triggers the production of vitamin D in the body and lack of this in the first months of life may have long-lasting effects.
Speaking earlier this year Russell Foster, an Oxford University neuroscientist, said: ‘These are small effects but they are very, very clear. I am not giving voice to astrology – it’s nonsense – but we are not immune to seasonal interference.’
He added: ‘It seems absurd the month in which you are born can affect life chances, but how long you live, how tall you are, how well you do at school, your body mass index as an adult, your morning-versus-evening preference and how likely you are to develop a range of diseases are all correlated to some extent with the time of year in which you emerge from the womb.