Everyone has their own way of picking themselves up on a hard day. Some like to go for a walk or take a hot shower. But one thing that has an almost universal ability to affect people’s moods is music. It is actually scientifically proven - a study done at Montreal’s McGill University in 2001 used magnetic resonance images to show that people listening to pleasurable music had activated brain regions, which are connected to euphoric reward responses, like those we experience when being in love or eating our favorite foods.
So if you are frustrated by your workload, had an argument with a friend or family member, or just woke up to a gloomy day, we hope that this playlist will ease your burden, at least a little bit. Here are 17 songs about overcoming obstacles, and feeling your best even when times are hard.