Why should you listen to music?
Listening or practicing music can have a great impact on ourselves and have lots of benefits for us. Indeed, many research have proven that music has the power to affect our brain and our nervous system and can therefore bring loads of benefits.
Makes you happier and lifts your mood
Music directly takes action on our brain, and release the hormone dopamine which is actually the hormone released when one takes drugs or eat food one likes. This hormone gives us a feeling of pleasure, and thus, makes us feel happier and joyful when we listen to music.
Listening to music is healthy
Listening to music also helps make you feel better and healthier. Indeed, music reduces the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Because this hormone can cause many disease and illness, listening to music can assist in preventing sickness.
Also, a study of the Austria’s General Hospital of Salzburg proved that music can reduce pain. 65 patients suffering from chronic back pain after surgery were separated in two groups: one half of the patient listened to music daily in addition to the traditional cares, but the other half didn’t. As a result, the group who listened to music every day could enjoy better pain relief than the half that did not.
How is that possible? Well, scientists found that the part of our nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and brain function as well as the part of the brain that controls feelings and emotions are both really sensitive to music. In a word, when we listen to music, we directly impact these two parts of the brain and improve their capacity.
Also, the research found that listening to music while you work out improves your performance. Dr Robert Herdegen of America’s Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia observed 12 men riding a bicycle, and notices that when these men listened to music while cycling, they improved their performance by 11%. The best music to listen to while exercising is music with high tempo.
Music strengthens your memory and your cognition capacities
The part of the brain processing the music is really close to the one processing the memory. As a consequence, when you listen to music, your memory is also stimulated. For patient suffering from memory loss or amnesia, listening to music makes them train their memory and remember songs.
Also, music improves your cognitive activity. The specific structure of classical music also helps you organize the huge amount of information you get every day, making it easier to process them. Indeed, music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating event in memory. When we listen to music, we are always anticipating what is coming next, even if it is only unconsciously. It is that anticipation that engages our brain to help us being more focus and managing information more easily.
Because music brings so much benefits to us, we have decided to launch a new campaign on our Facebook page. Each Friday, we will share a positive song to encourage people to listen to more music and feel better! So make sure to follow us on our Facebook Page
By Rachel Ehrhart