Let's face it, the holidays are stressful. The shopping, the planning, the wrapping, the travel, putting up with family. I'm stressed out just typing about it. We all have our own ways of dealing with stress. Maybe you like to run or do yoga. Or perhaps you're like me and like to turn to music. Yes, music can soothe the savage soul. But what should you listen to? You're in luck, because scientists claim they have found the most relaxing song ever!

The song is called "Weightless" by an English band called Marconi Union. Neuroscientists did a study that asked their subjects to solve puzzles. While the puzzles raised the levels of stress and frustration, the scientists measured heart rate, blood pressure, brain activity, and breathing. Then they introduced the song "Weightless".


The results speak for themselves. That specific song produced a more relaxed state than any other tune. Stress levels fell by 65%. How does it work? Scientists explain that the song has a rhythm that starts out at 60 beats per minute and then falls to 50 beats per minute. When you listen, your heart rate gradually matches that beat. They also site the songs lack of melody which allows your brain to turn off and stop trying to figure out what's coming up next.

So there you have it. The most relaxing song in the world! Take THAT holiday stress!


[via Curiosity.com]