By Brandi Monasco
“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” -Ludwig van Beethoven
When you are in an “off” mood, is your favorite song coming on the radio enough to turn it back around?
Do you feel pumped up and ready to get going as soon as you hear your favorite band?
Do you feel more productive when you are working while you are listening to music?
Music is a big part of our lives, whether we realize it or not. And while listening to music can help improve your mood and increase productivity, it can also be very good for your health too! There are many benefits that come from listening to music.
- Music Improves Your Workout. Listening to fast-paced and upbeat music can improve your workout, encouraging you to want to work out more because it is fun and making you want to get up and move more!
Research has also shown that listening to music while you workout provides a distraction; it allows you to be more focused on the music and getting your workout done rather than on your pain and exertion.
- Listening To Music Makes You Happier. When you listen to your favorite music, your brain releases dopamine, which is the “feel good” chemical. Dopamine makes you feel emotions such as happiness, joy and excitement. And because you have a release of dopamine, listening to music can also help reduce depression and anxiety.
Research performed at the University of Missouri found that listening to your favorite music, or even just some upbeat music, has a positive effect on your well-being. “People were successful at raising their positive mood as long as the music they listened to was happy and upbeat,” said Dr. Yuna Ferguson.
- Music Improves Pain. There was a study that included sixty people that were diagnosed with fibromyalgia. They were assigned to listen to music for 10 minutes a day over a course of four weeks and to make sure that it was music that was slower than 120 beats per minute. The study concluded that the participants felt better, had fewer symptoms of depression and experienced a significant reduction in pain. “The participants also saw an increase in their mobility with the music.”
- Music Helps You Focus. When you listen to music that you like, you are able to focus better on the task at hand such as studying for a big exam or trying to get work done. A study conducted with 21 college-aged students showed that listening to music that you like can help you cut down on distractions and focus on your own thoughts.
Listening to music is a fun, easy and simple task. You can do it pretty much anywhere at any time. Turn on the radio while you wash dishes or put in your earbuds while you are studying and see what it can do for your overall wellbeing!
What’s your favorite music to listen to when you need a pick-me-up or are headed out on a run? Share with us in the comments below!
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