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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
Bad news, husbands. Although you may consider yourself to be your wife's most exciting sex partner, chances are the honor actually lies with one of her ex-lovers.
A recent study from iVillage found that less than half of married women describe their husband as their best sex ever. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed said an ex was better in bed than their current spouse. Sound dismal? That's not the worst of it.
The website surveyed 2,000 married women with a 60/40 split of those with and without children.
If the lackluster sex isn't bad enough, the poll found that 66 percent of married women would rather read a book, watch a movie or take a nap than have sex with a spouse.
Some might describe their sex lives as stale, but according to the survey, married women are quite content with this boring bedroom behavior.
"The iVillage study shows that not all housewives are desperate - surprisingly they are quite content and fulfilled with their predictable sex lives," said editor Liz Zack in a press release. "Perhaps that's because sex is not a priority when it comes to personal time. Today's married women lead such busy lives that they consider rest and relaxation a better self indulgence."
The New York Post recently cited the study in a story titled, "Nobody marries their best sex ever." Sex therapist Sari Cooper told the Post that she talks to many women who are concerned that their husbands don't match up to sexual escapades of the past. But Cooper explains:
"Your best sexual relationship has likely been with the person who was most unstable and most volatile, but was very passionate. That's like riding a roller coaster. That's passion. But if you have a family, riding a roller coaster isn't that great for kids."