Music has the power to change one’s mood. When someone listens to a song that he or she loves, dopamine is released in the brain. Streaming services like Spotify are completely aware of this. That’s why playlists are offered that are categorized by mood. In the documentary Alive Inside, those suffering with Alzheimer’s were provided with music therapy to assuage their moods. When Founder Joanna Yu of Humm.ly watched her own father’s battle with a personality disorder, she began seeking solutions. A singer and composer who has a Master of Arts in Music Therapy, she decided to leave the music industry due to ongoing sexual harassment that has been covered widely by the #MeToo movement. In 2017, she developed and launched the app with David Chen.
Supported by the American Music Therapy Association, this app can improve one’s psychological well-being. Humm.ly uses Guided Imagery and Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). It offers over 100 episodes “where music therapy meets mindfulness.” Meditations focus on wellness, relationships, the workplace, guided imagery and ASMR. If you want to check it out, it’s available on Google Play and the iTunes Store.