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MOTIVATE: Music Playlist to Heal Yourself Beautiful

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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I am old enough to remember when the first “boom box” came to market.  Do you remember boom boxes and tape recorders?! I recall how excited I was by the concept that I could record my favorite music and make MIXED TAPES!  I was obsessed with making mixed tapes.  Maybe you were one of those kids who sat by the radio waiting for your favorite song to be played (first you had to call the radio station to make a song request) and the minute the song started playing you made a mad dash to hit the record button.  Sometimes I would scramble because I didn’t have a tape ready, or be faced with the terrible decision to record over the top of something else!  It was very stressful!

My purpose is to save you the stress and anxiety related with the “olden days” of recording mixed tapes.  I have created a compilation of my Heal Yourself Beautiful® TOP 10 SONGS TO MOTIVATE. These are the songs I hand-picked to listen to when I was going through illness and fatigue.  To fight the fatigue I had to find ways to create more energy so I forced myself to go on hikes.  I created a playlist that contained music that was uplifting and had lyrics that would make me HAPPY.  This music mix makes me happy… in fact I’m smiling right now because I am listening to it as I write this blog.

By the way, I still make “mixed tapes” in the form of CDs for my friends… that hasn’t changed!

I am sure you have your own playlist with the exact same purpose, but if you don’t, why not download mine?  Enjoy!

HEAL YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL® MUSIC TO MOTIVATE:

  1. “Happy” :  Pharrell Williams
  2. “On Top of the World” :  Imagine Dragons
  3. “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” :  Michael Franti and Spearhead
  4. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” : Bobby McFerrin
  5. “Beautiful Day” : U2
  6. “I’m Walking on Sunshine” : Katrina & the Waves
  7. “I Lived” :  One Republic
  8. “Eye of the Tiger” : Survivor
  9. “Fighter”: Gym Class Heroes (Feat. Ryan Tedder)
  10. “Roar” :  Katy Perry

INSPIRE: Music Playlist to Heal Yourself Beautiful

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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Music has healing properties.  Research has proven this.  Music can also have a tremendous influence on your mood.  It can uplift you and inspire you, or motivate and make you feel happier.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is also music that can make you aggressive and angry.

If you are in a place where you want to teach your body to “heal”, whether from physical illness or from mental anguish or anxiety, choose your music wisely.  My whole life I have loved music.  I was never a musician, and honestly have no rhythm and am a little tone deaf.  That does not deter me from singing in the shower, or loudly in church!  I am also that lady you pull alongside in traffic that is happily singing along to the radio… and even chair dancing at stoplights!  Try this sometime and see how the drivers next to you react when they see you doing this, but don’t do it WHILE driving… that is dangerous!

I LOVE to have several specific playlists in my iTunes account for every occasion.  You will notice I will post these for you frequently as I create new lists.  This list contains my Heal Yourself Beautiful® TOP 10 SONGS TO INSPIRE.  Listen to the lyrics carefully, and you will understand why I curated this list.  Life is too short to spend time focusing on the negatives.  Sometimes you need something greater than yourself to lift you up and carry you on your journey.  This could be a spiritual channel, like God, or maybe it could be in the form of a family member, spouse or friend.  When it seems hopeless, seek hope from within yourself.  YOU are gorgeous and there is no limit to what you can do if you just believe in yourself.  Be your own “wind beneath your wings”.  The strength is within YOU!

HEAL YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL® MUSIC TO INSPIRE:

  1. “Live Like You Were Dying” : Tim McGraw
  2. “Jesus Take the Wheel” :  Carrie Underwood
  3. “The River” : Garth Brooks
  4. “Wonderful World” : Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole
  5.  “Greatest Love of All” : Whitney Houston
  6. “I Hope You Dance” : Lee Ann Womack
  7.  “Beautiful” : Christina Aguilara
  8. “Skyscraper” : Demi Lovato
  9. “Hero” : Mariah Carey
  10.  “Wind Beneath My Wings” : Bette Midler