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People have asked me why I am always humming. I do it all of the time. Not loudly, but enough to have people mention it to me. Is there a cause for this?

Unconscious Humming

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Hmmmm a good question! Here is what I know: There is a direct connection between moaning, groaning and depression. These unconscious utterances are directly linked to a down mood. My guess is that your humming is likely to be little bits of joy bubbling up from your unconscious. Unless you are humming the Funeral March of a Marionette, I will bet it is an indication of a content mind.

If I am right about this, let those who ask know that you hum when you feel good. You can be a ray of sunshine in both your day and theirs.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Unconscious Humming

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Unconscious Humming. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 20, 2019, from
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