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THE fact that you are here, you must be asking yourself why do people listen to music and how does music affect your mood? Scientific research has proven that the benefits of music therapy on the brain is very profound. Music has many holistic healing benefits on our mental well-being and is very powerful for affecting our thoughts, feelings and actions. Different styles of music influences the chemicals in our brain which helps to calm us, energise us, or bring about all sorts of emotions.
What’s more, certain pieces of music can affect us in deeply personal ways. Learning and understanding the profound benefits of music can influence us to incorporate music into our lives for more than just pleasure.
Learn more about the healing power of sound.
This article will cover the following:
- The 5 mind-blowing benefits of music;
- Reduces stress and depression
- Boosts immunity
- Aids social bonding
- Boosts memory and focus
- Improves sleep quality
- Further suggested reading
- Additional musical extras
- Learn how to read music and play the piano
- Learn how to write music
The 5 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Music Therapy
In this article, I am going to teach you what the most beneficial aspects of listening to music are and how it can help to improve your life! So what are we waiting for? Let’s crack on with exploring the benefits…
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How Does Music Affect Your Mood: Reduces Stress and Depression
This is because just like meditating every morning, listening to music lowers the stress hormone, cortisol.
To prove this, a research study was carried out and found that patients who listened to music before undergoing surgery had less anxiety and lower cortisol levels than people who had taken prescribed drugs.
What’s more, a further analysis showed that music can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 percent and depression by up to 25 percent, determining that music had documented positive effects on brain chemistry.
Finally, one other research study showed that music therapy significantly improved depressive symptoms.
Music Effects On The Human Body: Boosts Immunity
Listening to music helps keep our immune system working at a healthy level.
This is because, as well as influencing depressive emotions, the stress hormone, cortisol, is also detrimental to our immune system by weakening it.
Scientists have proven this by testing the number of antibodies in a volunteer’s body before and after listening to 50 minutes of uplifting dance music.
The results found that the level of antibodies in the subjects’ bodies increased, while the level of stress hormone, cortisol, decreased.
Not only this, but the researchers also discovered that the volunteers who listened to music, also had higher levels of a specific antibody called immunoglobulin A, which is found in mucus and is responsible for preventing infections.
Even further, the research proved that the subjects who listened to music also had higher levels of the “natural killer cells,” which are a type of cell responsible for attacking harmful bacteria, cancerous tumors, and infected cells.
Listening To Music Benefits: Aids Social Bonding
Playing music with others or enjoying live music increases feelings of connectedness, trust, and social bonding.
Although music can certainly be played and listened to alone, when used within a music therapy context it can also help improve feelings of social bonding.
This is because, when we get in ‘sync’ with another person through music, the endorphins in the brain that trigger warm and positive feelings are released and we feel more connected and uplifted towards those people.
Getting in sync with another person can be as simple as tapping a foot to the beat together, shaking percussion instruments together or playing a musical tool together.
For this reason music is an excellent way of building social bonds with others who share your preference in music taste!
Effects Music Has On The Brain: Boosts Memory & Focus
The part of the brain which is responsible for releasing the feel-good neurochemical dopamine is called the nucleus accumbens.
This system of the brain plays a critical role in learning and is triggered by listening to music.
Higher dopamine levels help to improve concentration, boost mood, and enhance memory.
Therefore, we now know the reason as to how our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory.
This is why listening to music can significantly improve working memory, not only to help younger brains retain information and enhance learning but especially in older adults who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Personally, I love to listen to piano music when I write!
It can often calm the chaotic monkey mind and enable me to focus on the present moment and task at hand.
My favorite ‘go-to’ playlist is this YouTube video:
These instruments are wonderful tools for improving mental clarity and the powers of concentration.
Along with the rhythms produced by striking the edge of the bowl, the vibrations and tones help to slow down the heart rate and breathing, producing a deep sense of calm and well-being.
How Does Music Affect Your Mood?: Improves Sleep Quality
Research has proven that listening to music before bedtime can significantly improve sleep quality.
An analysis of 10 scientific research studies who tracked a total of 557 participants with chronic sleep disorders, found that music can assist in improving sleep quality of patients with acute and chronic sleep disorders.
In particular, one research study tested two groups of participants; one listened to an audio book for 45 minutes before bedtime for 3 weeks, the other group listened to classical music for 45 minutes before bed for 3 weeks.
The results found that the group who listened to the music showed statistically vital improvements in sleep quality and a decrease in depressive symptoms.
However, there were no statistically significant results found for the audiobook group.
Therefore, if you struggle with insomnia or a chronic sleep disorder, try listening to classical or relaxing music before bedtime to improve the quality of your sleep and help you to sleep for longer!
Further Suggested Reading
Book: “The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music”
If you enjoyed reading this post, I recommend reading this book to learn more about sound-based techniques for self-healing; techniques that anyone can use, whether faced with a life-threatening disease or simply seeking relief from the stresses of daily life.
Click here to read the 5 star customer reviews or to purchase the book.
You can expect to learn;
- How, when integrated as part of a mind-body-spirit approach to wellness, music can play a significant part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle or in healing serious disease.
- Twelve exercises involving breathing, meditation, and “toning”—using pure vocal sound to resolve tension, release emotion, and spur the healing process, that can be used by anyone to improve health and quality of life.
Additional Musical Extra’s:
Learn how to READ music & play the piano (in 30 days guaranteed)!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the piano? I have! I used to play as a teenager, but I wanted to learn all over again and refresh my memory. Well now we can online with this amazing beginner’s course.
With the technological development of the world, no longer do we have to pay for expensive lessons at a music store or a private tutor. We can now learn online, in our own time, when ever we please!
This particular programme currently offers a 14-day free trial. Plus, even if you continue for the whole 30 days AFTER the free trial period, and you are not satisfied with your results, you can get a refund.
If like me, you are interested in learning to play music to relax the soul for a piece of escapism and would like to try out this programme too, then click here to enrol on the course.
Also, I would love to hear how you are getting on with it too! So pop me a message on any of my social channels or via email (see contact details at the bottom of this article).
Learn how to WRITE music!
Finally, for those of you who are more interested in actually writing music, I wanted to share this video presentation with you.
The video is aimed at beginner’s who have an interest in learning how to write music.
You will learn the key tips you need to start straight away.
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P.S. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~ Amit Ray