Co-authors Liila Taruffi and Stefan Koelsch of the Free University of Berlin surveyed 722 people from around the world, and concluded that listening to sad music has a significant positive effect on emotional well-being, CNet reported.
The study reported that sad music, like the 'Midnight Sonata' by Beethoven, could help one through troubled time.
According to the study, the role music therapy could play in helping improve emotional well-being and emotionally unstable people in particular may benefit from sad music therapy.
The study concluded that music-evoked sadness played a role in well-being, by providing consolation as well as by regulating negative moods and emotions.
The study is published in the journal PLOS ONE.