There is some word I look to describe good music or some nice activity in general. It is used as in the music (the activity) channels a lot of bad energy into good energy and it begins and makes you feel light at heart, beginning with kata... something... I think.

"This song is really [...] to me."

I heard that word some time ago and now try to remember it, but I just can't.

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    Cathartic ? : related to the act or process of releasing a strong emotion (such as pity or fear) especially by expressing it in an art form merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catharsis
    – user66974
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 8:41
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    @Josh61 Cathartic, no?
    – deadrat
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 8:43
  • Yes! That's it.
    – hgiesel
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 9:18
  • @Josh61: Care to post that as an answer?
    – ruakh
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 5:20
  • While cathartic may be the word you are looking for, beware of its usage as such. It's a loaded word and cannot be used for light, soothing / balming activities. Crying over your loss can be cathartic, but going for a walk cannot be, howsoever soothing it may be. See the same link for more examples : merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catharsis
    – R.S.
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 22:08

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Cathartic is the word you are looking for, but soothing/calming comes to mind.

Catharsis is usually only associated with intense emotions.


For me, the word that sums up what you're describing is "therapeutic," Which means:

Producing good effects on the body or mind; treatment or cure

Especially in the context you gave: "this song is very therapeutic to me"

Which would mean that the song rejuvenates and heals you, either physically or emotionally.


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