5 AMAZING BENEFITS OF LISTENING TO MUSIC!Interfoto
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Look at these 5 amazing benefits of listening to music identified by scientists!
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Music has been around for centuries. Some of the greats like you, love music to the fullest. Albert Einstein once remarked “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” William Shakespeare stated that “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.”
All of us listen to music for different reasons. Have you ever noticed that music has an emotional effect on you – makes us feel great afterwards!
Scientists have been busy bees, conducting research on the phenomena that is music. They have found that music improves our mental health and boost physical health. Want to raise your IQ and sharpen up mentally? Scientists found that learning to play a new instrument does just that!
5 benefits of listening to music:
- Music improves your mood!
Bob Marley stated that “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
You have probably heard of the “feel-good” hormone DOPAMINE? Great! Dopamine is typically released after physical exercise; however, research found that when you listen to music you like, Dopamine is released. Dopamine = feeling happy.
- Music improves cardiovascular endurance
Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” ― Johnny Depp
Feeling demotivated or slow during your runs? A study conducted by Marcelo Bigliassi found that participants (n=800) who listed to fast or slow motivational music completed the first 800 meters of their run faster in comparison to participants who listened to calm or no music. The lesson here? Want to improve your running or cardio session = listen to music that inspires you.
- Music improves health and lowers stress levels
“Music is the strongest form of magic.” ― Marilyn Manson
The stress hormone cortisol is decreased when listening to music we enjoy, which counteracts the effects of chronic stress. This is a significant finding as 60% of all diseases and illnesses is directly correlated to chronic stress. A study conducted by Kuhn (2002), found that the mere acts of singing or playing an instrument increased the participants’ immune system, this phenomenon occurred even if the participant passively listened to music.
Been a stressful day? Put on the radio and remember to sing along (if you can) and tap your foot to the beat to get the maximum benefit from music’s healing wonders!
- Music helps you sleep better
“Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
Suffering from Insomnia? Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that is characterised by difficulty staying and/or falling asleep. Music might be the answer. A study found that students who listened to relaxing classical music 45 minutes prior to sleeping, reported better quality of sleep in comparison to students who listened to nothing or to an audiobook during their normal routine.
- Music improves IQ and Academic Performance
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
As mentioned, Learning to play a new instrument has a significant positive effect on the brain! Research found that taking music lessons increases academic performance and IQ in younger children! A study conducted by Forgeard, Winner, Norton and Schlaug (2008), found that signing or keyboard lessons in small groups of 36 weeks increased IQ and standardized educational tests significantly in comparison to children who either took drama lessons or no lessons.
This amazing benefit is not only limited to young children. As you learn to play a new instrument, you are changing the shape, creating new neurological pathways thus improving your brains overall cognitive skills!!! You are never too old or young to learn!
- Dr. Michelle Millis Chappel: https://www.lifehack.org/317747/scientists-find-15-amazing-benefits-listening-music?fbclid=IwAR0CPBEggFGk_YzMzUnjKBzCdihSog6bF5rHAf_81E7oT6Bst23Qymbb86k
- McGill: Investigations of the links between music, emotion and reward, Valorie Salimpoor
The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: How Does Music Aid 5 km of Running?
- Psychology Today: Cortisol: Why the “Stress Hormone” Is Public Enemy No. 1
- The American Institute of Stress: Master Your Stress
- J Music Ther.: The effects of active and passive participation in musical activity on the immune system as measured by salivary immunoglobulin A (SIgA).
- The Better Sleep Guide: The Insomnia Statistics
- J Adv Nurs.: Music improves sleep quality in students.
- PLOS: Practicing a Musical Instrument in Childhood is Associated with Enhanced Verbal Ability and Nonverbal Reasoning
- US News: Music Training May Help Keep Aging Brain Healthy