A new international study has found listening to sad music was the best way to recover from a relationship break-up as it had the same soothing effect as a sympathetic friend.
Researchers concluded that when consumers experienced serious emotional distress they turned to a surrogate to replace a lost personal bond and lift their mood.
Their findings appear to contradict popular opinion that upbeat music or humorous movies were a better way to beat distress.
In the study, consumers were presented with various frustrating situations and asked to rate angry music, compared to joyful or relaxing music. Other volunteers were separately asked to recall experiences involving loss.
The authors found people experiencing relationship problems were more likely to prefer “sad music” or “tear-jerking dramas” that reflected their negative mood.
Preference for sad music was significantly higher when they had experienced the break-up of a personal relationship, compared to an impersonal loss such as losing a competition.
1. soothing adj.
撫慰的；舒緩的 (fu3 wei4 de5; shu1 huan3 de5)
例: To experience rosemary’s soothing powers, mix a few drops of oil of rosemary with virgin olive oil.
2. surrogate n.
替代；代理（人） (ti4 dai4; dai4 li3 (ren2)
例: The presidential surrogate spoke on his behalf at the press conference.
3. impersonal adj.
非個人的；客觀的 (fei1 ge4 ren2 de5; ke4 guan1 de5)
例: He made an impersonal comment on the incident.
The Tokyo Olympics will be postponed to next year, and here are some major challenges to the postponement, according to AFP. First, competition scheduling. Moving the Olympics into next year’s busy sporting calendar will be a logistical nightmare, as it may clash with the World Aquatics Championships and other big events. Next, venue problems. Among the total of 43 sites, some are temporary while others are repurposed or purpose-built for the Games. All will face various difficulties in the event of a delay. The International Olympic Committee also warns: “A number of critical venues needed for the Games could potentially not
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