Power of Music #bebetter52
As Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” We couldn’t agree more. Music is part of all of our lives, but do you know the power it truly encompasses? Let us explain.
Music at an early age stimulates a young child’s brain. An article by Collective Evolution explains how it improves verbal, visual, and communication skills during a vital developmental stage. On the other end of the spectrum, research also shows that music can help keep an aging brain healthy. In old age, listening to or playing music aids with memory retention and mental sharpness.
Music is one of the few activities that involve the use of the entire brain, especially for those who play an instrument or sing. Using the brain in its entirety maximizes learning and information retention.
This week’s challenge is easy: Listen to music! Whether it’s to dance to, help you sleep, or as background music while you’re studying or working, it doesn’t matter. We can’t wait to see how music impacts your well-being this week and every week.
Another huge benefit we must not overlook is that music makes us feel something. There is a song for just about every emotion you encounter. Music can make us happier, as it has the ability to cause the brain to release dopamine, or the “feel good” chemical.
The article "7 Ways Music Benefits Your Heart, Brain, and Health" explains how researchers from Drexel found that cancer patients who listened to music or underwent music therapy experienced decreased anxiety, had improved blood pressure levels, and felt less depressed. Because sleep issues are commonly surrounded by stress and anxiety, and music helps relieve both, music improves sleep. Listening to music is capable of elevating our mood and quality of life while reducing pain.
According to Empowher, music can manage or even reduce pain. Not only does music distract, it also increases the production of immune-boosting hormones and decreases cortisol levels.
It may sound strange, but music has even been shown to improve cognitive performance. That may be why many students take to listening to soothing music while completing homework and other cognitive tasks. This finding may be due to music improving a person’s emotional state, and thus improving their cognitive outcome.
You can find the right type of music for whatever atmosphere or mood you’re feeling. We are beings who crave music and its benefits. So go out and listen to your favorite tunes this week!
Extra information on the power of music!
- Usatoday - Music has physical and mental health benefits. A few of the many mental health benefits include reducing stress, inducing a meditative state, and relieving symptoms of depression.
- medicaldaily - Music can act as a painkiller. It often comes in handy as a distraction from pain.
- Stress.about.com - Music therapy is utilized across the globe. Learn how and why it works!
- care2.com - Research has even shown that music can help improve our memories. One cool organization, Music & Memory, provides iPods to nursing home patients as part of therapy. Check it out and donate if you can.