By Harold Fischer– Having graduated from college with a music degree, I studied music theory, listened to great artists, played instruments and performed in operas and shows. I knew first hand the power of music, so it’s not surprising to me that music is also good for our health. Music is an emotional powerhouse. Today, research has proven that listening to music, all kinds of music, especially music that we like, provokes changes in our physical being such lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and even releases dopamine which can improve our mood.
Emotions-Listening to upbeat music can help us feel happy. According to the Journal of Positive Psychology when you listen to upbeat music your mood will improve. That’s only if you have the desire to be happy. Studies show that the “feel-good” neurochemical dopamine is released when listening to music.
Memories– Music can bring back powerful memories. What song was playing when you had your first kiss? Or that popular summer song you heard on vacation? Songs can trigger thoughts of those eventful times.
Exercise– Creating a power song list can help us get through our workouts. Pushing us to go the extra mile, add the last sprint, lift more weight get through the spin class without thinking about the time left.
Social Connection- Concerts are a great way to bring people together with a common interest. Sometimes people will create yearly pilgrimages with their friends or family to music festivals like New Orleans Jazz Fest, Lollapalooza or Bonaroo. Planning to see a favorite musical group helps to bring friends together having to plan and save the date.
Physical Well Being- The power of music has been shown to lower bloodpressure and reduce anxiety. Listening to music you like can have this effect. Music can also increase brain function. Children who take music lessons generally perform better on standardize tests.
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