If you’re reading this, I can only assume that you’re a music lover and you don’t need the scientific research to tell you that music is good for you. But, it is nice to hear that the noises you’re putting into your brain help you.
When you’re listening to your favorite music and really letting it take control, your stress may feel like it’s lifting away. But the fact of the matter is, it actually is. In a study last year, cortisol levels were measured in concert-goers before and an hour into a concert, and the levels went down across the board. We always recommend live music, but any music that helps you de-stress is good in our book.
Have you ever felt down and heard one of your favorite songs on the radio and immediately felt a bit better? That’s because music is an incredible mood elevator. On the other side of things, if you listen to sad music, it can also take you down that rabbit hole, so choose your tunes wisely.
Improves Brain Functions
We’ve read study after study about music lighting up almost every part of the brain in scientific studies, but does it actually help brain function? The answer is, kind of. As long as the music is not distracting to the listener and it’s pleasant, yes. But, on the other side, if you don’t like the music or it’s distracting, it won’t help. Much like elevating mood, if you’re in a better mindset, you’re… in a better mindset.
If you’ve ever put on some calming music before bed you know that this is true. If it’s classical or ambient or just your favorite playlist, music has been proven to help put you down for the count. If you make it a part of your regular routine, it might even help the quality of the sleep you have.
Increases Workout Output
Picture it now, you’re out for your morning jog and all of a sudden your favorite song comes on and the bpm is up around 150. What happens to your running pace? Not only does the music help you get your steps timed differently, but it gives your brain something else to focus on, which speeds you up.
Music transports you, and, while you’re away, it may just ease your pain as well. According to Psychology Today, “Two daily sessions of music listening helped a sample of chronic pain patients relieve symptoms related to conditions such fibromyalgia, inflammatory disease, or neurological conditions as well as the anxiety and depression linked to chronic pain.”
Makes You Eat Less
This one may be a little more surprising than the previous findings, but according to a study from a few years ago, it’s true. While, the study says that people still order the same thing they normally would, they eat up to 18% fewer calories when there’s quiet, mellow music on in the background. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever heard calming music on in a fast-food restaurant.
Is there anything that music can’t do?
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