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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.
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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.
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The principal of Everett High School could face disciplinary action after using a video with violent images to introduce himself to students. The video features Everett High’s new principal walking the halls of the school as “The Terminator” saying “we’re all doomed”.
The video was played for students during last week’s morning announcements and most students believe it has been misinterpreted. “He’s kind of a prankster, it was fun,” said one student who believes the controversy has been overblown.
But the School Committee held a special meeting Monday night to discuss Erick Naumann’s future including the possibility of suspension which Superintendent Frederick Foresteire supports as a way to send a message. “Think before you act,” he said especially in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Naumann received applause and support during the meeting from many parents and students who say he’s made a different in the lives of children. “I’m an honors student today because he pushed me,” said sophomore Olivia Brooks.
But another parent called the video “scary” and said he kept his son home from school because of it. Naumann has been in the Everett school system for 15 years but just started this month as the principal of Everett High School.
The School Committee met for an hour in executive session and made a recommendation, but the superintendent will make the final decision on disciplinary action. A media teacher, Roy Barrows, who helped Naumann make the video, could also be disciplined.