We all have noticed changes in our mood and behavior whenever we listen to music. Sometimes we feel happy after listening to our favorite song, other times we end up feeling sad because of how we perceive the song. It differs from person to person. Whichever the case, one thing is sure; listening to music does not leave us un effected.
What is surprising about the effects of music on humans is not that it touches different people in different ways, but the fact that some of these effects are also good for their health and well-being. Neuroscientists have conducted numerous studies that confirmed that the health benefits of listening to music. With that said, here are some of the way music contributes towards keeping us healthy;
- Lowers Your Stress and Anxiety
Has it ever happened to you that something was causing you extreme stress and anxiety, and you listened to some music and afterwards you felt a little relaxed? Well, if your answer to the question is “no” then chances are that it has most certainly happened to you. You might just not have noticed yet.
Several researches have shown that patients felt calmer and more relaxed after listening to some low beat and pitch music that did not have any lyrics or loud instruments. It was also found that music was more effective when it came to reducing the stress and anxiety of patients compared to some anxiolytic drugs.
So, the next time you feel your anxiety coming back or you feel stressed about something, try listening to some music. There’s a 100% chance that you will feel better.
- Keeps You Focused and Motivated
We all love listening to music whenever we are studying, doing some exercise, or maybe doing some chores. Listening to music at these times makes these activities much more entertaining and enjoyable.
You also might have noticed that you are able to stay more focused if your listening to music while you are studying. In fact, if you search online then you might also be able to find multiple playlists consisting of music that increases your focus. Maybe you might want to check one of them out next time you sit down to study. Bonus point, you will also be able to memorize better if you are listening to these playlists.
Listening to music while exercising is probably one of the most common practice in the world. No matter which part of the world that you live in, you can not even think about exercising without listening some kind of music. This is because neuroscientists have observed through their studies that music can help stimulate the release of dopamine, the “feel-good” hormone, and since release of dopamine is also linked with increasing one’s motivation, you are able to exercise better and for longer time if you are listening to your favorite songs.
- Improves Immunity
Perhaps one of the most surprising health benefits of listening to music is that it also helps increase your immunity.
In Wilkes University, researchers once conducted an experiment to find out about the effects of music on IgA; an antibody. It was seen that students who listened to music had higher levels of IgA in their body.