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No Music, No Life: How Music Benefits Your Health

Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine.

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Love needs to step aside because according to researchers, music is the best medicine. Here's how listening to music benefits your health.

In 2017, pharmaceutical company Pfizer published an article about the health benefits of music. Even without reading their write-up, many of us would agree that music has a profound effect on our emotional well-being, often consoling us when we feel sad and heartbroken, or cheering alongside us when we're happy and in love. However, to reap the full benefits of melodies and harmonies, it's important to understand why and how music affects us. For instance, have you noticed how loud, upbeat music can increase your heart rate? Meanwhile, the type of music we slow dance to at proms and weddings tend to have the opposite effect.

In this blog post, our goal is to help you understand how the power of music can tug on our health strings and improve your well-being.


Why Music Makes Us Feel Good

Some researchers found that listening to music releases dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain with several essential roles. Among these roles or functions is allowing us to feel the pleasure and satisfaction associated with rewards such as sex and food. More recently, a study concluded that the mere anticipation of listening to music stimulates the release of dopamine.


How Music Affects Our Health

Studies suggest that listening to music can have these effects on our health:


1. Overcomes a bad mood

Did someone unworthy of you shatter your heart into a million pieces? Alexa, play some breakup songs and crank up the volume. If you prefer to create your own moving-on playlist, Dua Lipa's "IDGAF," Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself," and Michael Buble's "It's a Beautiful Day" are just some of the many empowering songs that are sure to uplift your mood after a breakup. Within a few minutes, as you sing along to the lyrics, you will notice an instant change in your mood.


2. Reduces stress

Putting your airpods on, closing your eyes, and indulging your senses with relaxing music (those with slow tempos, low pitches, and no lyrics) can help reduce stress.


3. Calms an anxious mind

According to Anxiety.org, listening to music that speaks to you or that you enjoy can help you go from anxious to relaxed.


4. Improves workout sessions

Notice how much harder you push yourself to complete reps when you're blasting some tunes? Music is an excellent motivator and helps improve overall performance.


5. Improves memory

The repetitive elements present in music, including melody and rhythm, stimulate the brain to form memory-enhancing patterns. A 2012 study supports this claim, revealing that people who survived a stroke developed sharper verbal memory, better focused attention, and experienced less confusion after listening to music daily.


6. Eases physical pain

A 2015 study found that listening to music before, during, and after undergoing a surgical procedure can help reduce pain.


7. Helps young boys and girls with autism spectrum disorder

A 2018 study concluded that children with autism spectrum disorder showed improvement in communication skills, attention skills, and social responses after receiving music therapy.

So go ahead and create a playlist for every mood, activity, or scenario. There are thousands of music genres and artists just waiting to tug on your health strings.


Comments

Neha J from Delhi on September 16, 2020:

Music is good the worship God. Jesus Loves you. Believe in Jesus and be healed and have a peace of mind. That is what we all need in this life. May God bless You. Nice article.