Take a moment and think about the times you listen to music. When you’re feeling good, wanting to dance and share a moment with your friends or family, music can enhance the experience. When you’re by yourself and need a distraction or need some comfort, music can bring you a peace of mind. What about when you’re frustrated or stressed? You have to admit, music can calm you down. Just the same, it calms when you’re crying or hurt as well.
But why is that? There’s a lot more to music than just a feeling you get. There’s science behind why it makes us feel better, and how it does more than just that.
“Neuropsychologist Daniel Levitin stated listening to music activates areas of the brain that allow listeners to experience emotions through the amygdala and temporal lobe, as well as providing feelings of reward and satisfaction through the release of dopamine in the ventral tegmental area. Feelings of happiness, relaxation and pain relief occur through increases in serotonin and natural opioids in the brain from pleasant music.”
Here are some added benefits to one’s health:
- Music can decrease anxiety, stress and heart and respiration rates (American Journal of Public Health).
- It has proven to reduce pain and improve immune systems of cancer patients, via The Daily Cardinal.
- A study by SAGE Journals indicates that 90 percent of young children see improvements in verbal intelligence due to music lessons, even after just 20 days.
- In a study on neurology by the Oxford Academic, it was discovered that stroke patients who listened to music improved more on verbal memory and focused attention than those who didn’t. They also were less confused and depressed from the music.
- According to World Health Organization, more than 350 million people suffer from depression. Depressive symptoms can be treated with relaxing classical music as well as insomnia, which are found in 90 percent of people with depression (study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information on college students).
A study in Physiology and Behavior even found that dogs that listen to classical music bark less and relax more. The benefits of music are endless.
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