10 Wonderful benefits of listening to music
Music is an amazing thing and it can affect us in so many different ways. A good dance beat will have everyone, at the very least, tapping their toes, a good love song will make us feel romantic, and a rock song can make it seem as though we are invincible. Music also has a way of marking us remember the different stages in our lives. The song that we first danced with our partner to, and the music of our childhood, will always have the ability to instantly take us back to those good times. It has also been proven scientifically that music has a number of health benefits, so let’s take a look at just ten of the wonderful things that listening to music can do for you.
1. Music increases your productivity
When you have some music playing in the background, tiresome jobs become less boring and you become more productive. Background music can help you with many kinds of tasks. Try some upbeat music when you are doing the household chores or some soothing music when you are trying to concentrate. You’ll be surprised at just how much faster you can get jobs done when you are listening to music.
2. Music improves your endurance
Music is great for workouts too. If you are listening to your favourite tunes when you are in a gym, or running, you are likely to workout harder, and for longer. The beat will help you keep to a rhythm and the music will also distract you, so you don’t get bored and keep going for longer.
3. It improves the blood flow
The effect that music has on you is not purely what it can do to your mind; it can also affect you physically. Scientists studying the effect of music on hospital patients have proven that, when people listen to music, not only does it make them feel more relaxed and happier; it also increases the flow of blood through the blood vessels.
4. Music reduces stress
The calming effect that music can have is really astonishing. If you are feeling really stressed out; quietly listening to some music will take your mind off the things that are troubling you, lower your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure, and calm you down. It has been proven that listening to music causes your body to release hormones that actually cancel out the stress hormones in your body.
5. Music broadens your horizons
Music has a way of crossing generation gaps and getting people interested in styles of music that they thought they would never like. Every parent says that they don’t like the music that their kids listen too, but who hasn’t had the odd occasion when they thought: “Oh, that’s actually quite good!” Music is so varied in style; there is always another type of music waiting to be discovered.
6. Music can relieve depression
The amazing mood changing power of music can lift your spirits and pull you out of a bad mood. Whilst music is no replacement medication, if you do suffer from severe depression, it can help to alleviate the symptoms for a while. You have to be careful what tracks you listen to, though, because some music could have the opposite effect and bring you down.
7. Music can motivate you
Music has the ability to motivate you and help you get through hard times. Who hasn’t listened to Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive” after a bad breakup? Music has also been used to motivate troops with things like marching bands and the Scottish Bagpipes, and national anthems make people feel very patriotic.
8. Music could help you lose weight
It has even been found that music could help you lose a few pounds. In one study, researchers found that, when the lights were dimmed at mealtime and soft music was played, people eat their food more slowly and they eat less. It is thought that the calming effect of the music made the participants in the study more mindful of what they were eating.
9. It can exercise the mind
Whether a song is a personal narrative, or a protest, the lyrics of songs often tell a story that can make us want to know more. People are often left wondering what a song was really trying to say and they then try to analyse the lyrics. Songs can also challenge the way that we think and, in some cases, inspire us.
10. Music can ease pain
Music has been proven to ease pain, which is why it is often played in dentists’ surgeries. Music is also very therapeutic for patients recovering from illness and surgery. It has been found that listening to music can speed the recovery of stroke patients and help to keep heart surgery patients calm and relaxed.