The Secret Handbook 4 Teens

A Tool 4 School: Pump Up the Bass, Pump Up Your Power


Music can change the world because it can change people. – Bono

What’s your theme song? You know what I’m talking about. What’s the song that you play when you really want to pump yourself up? Oh come on…you know you have one. If you don’t, you might want to think about getting one and I would encourage you to make it with lots of bass.  It’s an easy tool 4 school to help you change your mindset and pump up your power.

What am I talking about? A recent study from Northwestern University, summarized in Huff Post, reported that “Participants who listened to [the] heavy-bass music reported greater feelings of power than those who listened to the light-bass music.” According to the researchers: “People can hear specific music components that express a sense of power, and mimic those feelings internally.” Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of this?

I think we all instinctively know that music helps to change our attitude (which is a good reminder to avoid sad, sappy, break up love songs when you’re already down in the dumps) but why not use it to our benefit? Before a big test, a big game or a big moments, plug in those ear buds, pump up the bass and pump up your power! (Disclaimer: You should never listen to really loud music for a really long time because you’ll damage your ears. There. Now your parents can feel better about this advice.)

So I’ll ask it again: what’s your theme song or power building song? I’m pretty much addicted to Turn Down for What at the moment but I’d love some new suggestions!