Has this ever happened to you? You’re listening to a great song, recorded or live. It explodes into a rousing chorus or an epic instrumental break, and goosebumps suddenly shoot up and down your arms. You already know how your favorite type of music can predict your personality, but this reaction is unexpected. Why is this skin phenomenon, so often associated with the cold or unpleasant sensations, also triggered by good tunes? And why does this happen to some people and not others?
Though the research is still in its early stages, study author Matthew Sachs thinks this information could be put to good use. He hopes that “these revelations could have an impact on the treatment of depressive disorders,” and that music could help treat people with depression—or, at the very least, help them better access positive feelings. After all, science has proved that music can instantly make you happier.
So, your physical reaction to that gut-wrenching Adele song means that you’re particularly ~in tune~ with your emotions. So turn up the volume (with this super useful volume hack for iPhones) and bring on the feels, goosebumps and all.