11 Songs To Get You Through Tough Times

11 Songs To Get You Through Tough Times

Music brings emotional healing.
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It’s been said—and even scientifically proven—that music can bring emotional healing.

Listening to music ignites our senses in a way no other artistic medium can. And for many people, when going through difficult times in their lives, music is something to rely on when all else fails—if not to erase their problems, then to help them get through their struggles and remind them they’re not alone.

The introduction to adulthood can be such a confusing time in everyone’s life. There are so many questions to answer and decisions to make; there is so much frustration, distress and hopelessness, yet at the same time, so much growth and discovery happening. I personally tend to cycle through these feelings pretty often. But music really does help to make it all a little easier. Here are 11 songs that can uplift you during the tough times and help you through them:

1. Starsailor - “Some Of Us”


“We all have our faults / Mine come in waves, that you turn to rust / Some of us laugh, some of us cry / Some of us smoke, some of us lie / But it’s all just the way that we cope with our lives.”

A beautiful ballad by a highly underrated British band.

2. Keane - “Won’t Be Broken”


“Some days I think someone’s trying to keep me down / But I know it’s just my own fear that I’m fighting.”

A piano-driven song with a hopeful sound and such inspiring lyrics.

3. X Ambassadors - “Unsteady”


“Hold on to me / ‘Cause I'm a little unsteady.”

This song serves as the reminder we all need to hear sometimes—it’s okay to admit you’re not okay.

4. Twenty One Pilots - “Car Radio”


“I’m forced to deal with what I feel / There is no distraction to mask what is real.”

What are Twenty One Pilots known for if not the emotional intensity in their lyrics that cut straight to the bone? “Car Radio” is arguably one of their most powerful songs.

5. Saosin - “You’re Not Alone”


There is more to this, I know / You can make it out / You will live to tell.”

While we’re on the themes of loneliness and intensity, Saosin’s “You’re Not Alone” has the same level of emotional power to it and sends an equally powerful message.

6. Ryan Calhoun - “This Is Your Life”


“All this time spent / chasing after things that won't survive / This is your life / Don’t let it pass you by / There’s nothing here to fight / I wish you could see how you burn so bright.”

A little-known singer/songwriter, Ryan Calhoun deserves more exposure. His simple yet beautiful songs offer messages of encouragement and finding contentment in the present moment, and “This Is Your Life” is a perfect example.

7. Florence + The Machine - “Shake It Out”


“I've been a fool and I've been blind / I can never leave the past behind / I can see no way / I'm always dragging that horse around / All of his questions, such a mournful sound / Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground.”

A hauntingly beautiful song about learning from your past and fighting your inner demons.

8. The Mountain Goats - “This Year”


“I am gonna make it through this year / If it kills me.”

This song tells a story—in raw honesty, with nothing held back.

9. James Bay - “Let It Go”


“I used to recognize myself / It’s funny how reflections change / When we're becoming something else / I think it's time to walk away.”

One of the most difficult choices we must make in life is the decision to either hang on or let go. Whether it’s a relationship, friendship, a personal goal…everyone faces this challenge at some point, and it’s never easy.

10. Beartooth - “In Between”


“Everybody gets high, everybody gets low / Life can be such overdose.”

For any metalcore fans out there. The lyrics are always relevant. This is one of the band’s most popular songs, for obvious reasons.

11. The Beatles - “Let It Be”


“And when the broken-hearted people / Living in the world agree / There will be an answer / Let it be.”

I had to include it. It’s a classic, even if it is a bit cliche. We get so caught up in finding answers and forget that not everything needs to be figured out right now. Sometimes it’s best to let time bring us the answers.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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10 Moments In College Kids' Lives When They Just Need A McDonald's Fries Run

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I think everyone can agree that college is a fun yet extremely stressful time. We have to worry about tough academics as well as gearing up for our careers and also finding time to take care of our physical and mental health. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to take a break and let ourselves unwind. So, here are times college kids just need a McDonald's fries run.

1. When that one kid in the group project isn't pulling their weight

We all know these people. The ones who chill with their phone while you and the rest of the group scramble to get your work done. They offer no help at all and leave you and your team to figure everything out yourself. Sometimes there are more than one of these people in your group and, sometimes, they're all like this and you need to fend for yourself. During times like these, a McDonald's run will do you good.

2. When that one professor sounds like they are speaking a different language

Sometimes you can leave a lecture feeling like your professor just spoke in klingon for an hour. This would be a great time to head on over to the golden arches.

3. When you have early morning classes

Nothing like an after-class treat of delicious, golden fries to wake you up after taking class when it's still dark out.

4. When you're applying for internships

Is there anything more stressful than thinking about your future career? Sitting down to fill out applications with fries by your side will make it less painful, I promise.

5. When you have to do an interview

To celebrate being a winner and a legit adult.

6. When you have to give a speech

Public speaking is the #1 fear in the U.S., even ahead of a fear of death. So, this wouldn't be a bad time for a cheat meal.

7. When the people living above you sound like they're raising a herd of elephants

Seriously, what could they be doing up there that makes their footsteps so dang loud?

8. When you just can't sleep

Whether you're stressing about the next day or just can't get comfortable in that twin bed of yours, some fries might be just the midnight snack you need.

9. When you have to read that one really boring textbook

There's always that one class that has extremely boring reading, and you need to mentally psych yourself up every time you sit down to study. Sitting down with some fries is sure to help.

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