Why do many people listen to sad music when they're feeling down in the dumps?

Well, according to a recent study, listening to melancholy tunes can actually have beneficial emotional effects

Psychologist Chuck Williams appeared on "Fox and Friends Weekend" this morning to share his thoughts on the matter.

"It gives us a safe space to work through these feelings, these emotions, and we're not necessarily in that moment facing whatever it is that is making us feel the way we are feeling," Williams said. "But through the songs, almost vicariously through the music and lyrics of the song, we get to process those emotions."

Williams added that as we work through those emotions, we actually end up feeling better, more hopeful, more tranquil, more nostalgic.

He explained that when a person hears a sad song, they may tear up or feel sad at first. Eventually, though, as they experience the feelings that the musician put into song, it can create a cathartic emotional release, Williams said.

"Once you get to the end, you're likely to feel much better than when you started playing the song."

Watch the clip above.