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Music is present in every part of our lives. Our spiritual rituals are framed with songs, children learn the alphabet through song and the malls and cafes we visit during our leisure time are rarely silent.

But just how much can this ever-present thing impact us — and the way we act and feel? Research suggests music can influence us a lot. It can impact illness, depression, spending, productivity and our perception of the world.

The Journal of Positive Psychology conducted a study in 2013 that discovered that individuals who listened to music that could be classified as happy and upbeat were able to improve their mood and overall happiness in just a few weeks.
Throughout the study, participants were encouraged to try to improve their mood, but they were only able to find success when they listened to happier music.

Music As Therapy

The first bullet point in the previous section included, “better physical health.”

Is this possible? Could music really impact your physical well-being?

The American Music Therapy Association thinks so!

The American Music Therapy Association details that music therapy programs can be constructed to manage mental stress, boost memory, and even eliminate pain.

A study in 2015 found that people who listened to music before during, or after surgery experienced less pain and anxiety compared to those who didn’t listen to music. – reference from Healthline.

Music can also help with chronic conditions, including dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Can your favorite songs be a form of therapy? Let’s discuss that.

Researchers from the U.K. found that a unique orchestra for people with dementia helped improve their mood and boost their self-confidence.

The orchestra is one of several research projects done by the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute that demonstrate that people with dementia can still have fun and learn new skills.

The study involved eight individuals with dementia, students, professional musicians, and a handful of caregivers.

The results were amazing. The orchestra was positively life-changing for all involved. Whether you are playing music or just listening and bobbing your head, the health benefits are remarkable.

You know that chill sensation you get when you listen to music you really like?

It was discovered that music can release dopamine in two main places in the brain, the dorsal and ventral striatum. When you are having a pleasurable experience, such as listening to your favorite song, these areas of the brain light up.

Music Changes the Way We Perceive The World

In experiments where people looked at a happy face or a sad face, the music they listened to affected how they perceived it. It influenced what they saw.

If you were listening to happy music, a more neutral face was more likely to be viewed as happy, and vice versa.

Music can also stir up old memories without the intention of doing so, bring back old emotions that were experienced at the time, shaping how we feel in the present moment.

If you’ve ever listened to any kind of music, you know your body can react in several different ways, such as:

nodding your head
tapping your feet
snapping your fingers.

The beat of the song you’re listening to can even influence your heart rate, and when people sing together, their breathing often becomes synchronized, producing positive emotions.

These things happen because musical patterns affect our auditory cortex, which is part of the neural reward system and other areas involved in memory and emotion.

Feeling Down? Just Press Play

Next time you’re feeling down, just press play on some upbeat music.

The music will pick you up and put a smile on your face.

Even better, remember back to a specific time in your life. A time you were really happy.

Then, try to remember what music you listened to back then, and play that.

You will be flooded with the emotions you experienced at that time, affecting the way you experience the world around you in the present moment.

Your new, favorite jam may be the song you hated last year

Have you ever listened to a song once and hated it, only to listen to it again months later and have a newfound love for it? This isn’t surprising because you yourself are not the same person you were months ago. Maybe the song lyrics described an event you had not experienced before which made it difficult to initially connect with. Your playlists will continue to grow alongside you. Don’t be surprised if you add new songs to your playlists that did not fit your vibe before.You know that chill sensation you get when you listen to music you really like?

It was discovered that music can release dopamine in two main places in the brain, the dorsal and ventral striatum. When you are having a pleasurable experience, such as listening to your favorite song, these areas of the brain light up.

Music Changes the Way We Perceive The World

In experiments where people looked at a happy face or a sad face, the music they listened to affected how they perceived it. It influenced what they saw.

If you were listening to happy music, a more neutral face was more likely to be viewed as happy, and vice versa.

Music can also stir up old memories without the intention of doing so, bring back old emotions that were experienced at the time, shaping how we feel in the present moment.

If you’ve ever listened to any kind of music, you know your body can react in several different ways, such as:

nodding your head
tapping your feet
snapping your fingers.

The beat of the song you’re listening to can even influence your heart rate, and when people sing together, their breathing often becomes synchronized, producing positive emotions.

These things happen because musical patterns affect our auditory cortex, which is part of the neural reward system and other areas involved in memory and emotion.

Feeling Down? Just Press Play

Next time you’re feeling down, just press play on some upbeat music.

The music will pick you up and put a smile on your face.

Even better, remember back to a specific time in your life. A time you were really happy.

Then, try to remember what music you listened to back then, and play that.

You will be flooded with the emotions you experienced at that time, affecting the way you experience the world around you in the present moment.

Your new, favorite jam may be the song you hated last year

Have you ever listened to a song once and hated it, only to listen to it again months later and have a newfound love for it? This isn’t surprising because you yourself are not the same person you were months ago. Maybe the song lyrics described an event you had not experienced before which made it difficult to initially connect with. Your playlists will continue to grow alongside you. Don’t be surprised if you add new songs to your playlists that did not fit your vibe before.

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