“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Without music, life wouldn’t have any rhythm. Music is the greatest gift ever invented in this world full of grief and sufferings. You, me or every other individual in this Earth is fond of music. You’d definitely love to know that music has so many health and psychological benefits. Being a lifelong worshiper of the art of music, I’ve researched and gathered some amazing benefits of music. Here you go:
- Music brings us Happiness
Listening to your favorite piece of music helps to boost your emotional health. Within 15 minutes of listening to your favorite music can get you a natural high, as the brain releases Dopamine hormone. This neurotransmitter increases the feelings of happiness, joy, and excitement whenever you listen to the music of your choice.
- Music increases Cognitive Performance
Relaxing music especially instrumentals optimizes our cognitive processes. Studies have found that listening to calm instrumentals while performing another activity will prove to be a stimulator for extraordinary performance. It’s really an interesting fact that our brain is receptive of balanced, harmonic musical stimulation and some specific frequencies help our brain work better. So, grab your headphones whenever you feel like!
- Music abolishes Depression and Anxiety
Music has a magical link to our emotions. It works as a natural anti-depressant. Music not only calms our stressed body, but its magical effect also relaxes our mind too. Research has found the types of music that reduce stress best. They are:
- Light jazz, classical and soft music
- Nature sounds like sounds of rain, thunder, and birds
- Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed-instruments, drums and flutes
Still, in this endless sea of calm music, you’ll be the best judge to choose the best music for you.
- Music improves Sleep (Y’all know it!)
We all love to get immersed in the wonderful world of music with the headphones while going to bed. The soothing soft music helps us to let go of the day’s worries, quiet our thoughts drifting us slowly to deep sleep. Serene and soothing sleep music reconnects us with inner peace and makes us feel comfortable, safer and enjoy a deeper and restful sleep.
- Music helps to Heal
It’s a psychological fact that music connects with the automatic nervous system including brain function, blood pressure, and heartbeat and the limbic system including feelings and emotions. Adding music therapy to treatment improves symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics. Further, music therapy has demonstrated efficacy as an independent treatment for reducing depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. (Source: Psychology Today)
- Music helps us Eat Less
It’s a surprising psychological fact that it might be proved beneficial for your weight loss goal. Listening to slow music and dimming the lights while having dinner might help you to eat less and lose weight. It is because when your environment is calm and relaxed, you eat slowly and become aware when you’re full.
- Music increases verbal Intelligence
Taking music lessons is proved evenly beneficial for children as these lessons include rhythm, pitch, melody, and voice- the most important elements for verbal intelligence.
- Balances your Life
In the humdrum of life, we often find it difficult to balance various prospects of our lives. By listening to relaxation music, you can find yourself in a zone of peace where you can recreate yourself. This practice will help you align with your true nature.
- Improves Motivation for Workout
The research found that listening to fast-paced music while exercising, motivates people to work out harder. Listening to music releases endorphins in the brain which gives us a heightened feeling of excitement motivating us to work out harder. For exercises like running, jogging or weight-lifting, music helps in regulating rhythm and using our energy more efficiently.
- Music helps to Manage Pain
Listening to relaxation music reduces physical pain. It also helps patients to lessen pain before and after surgery. Soothing music can help to fade off chronic pain.
Here’s a Compilation of Some of the most beautiful quotes about Music:
“The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.” ― W.H. Auden
“Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.” ― Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” ― Haruki Murakami
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”– Kahlil Gibran
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”–Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”– Confucius