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6 Positive Benefits of Listening to Music

6 Positive Benefits of Listening to Music

1. Music boosts happiness

It only takes 15 minutes of listening to your favorite music to completely change your mood. Your brain releases a chemical called dopamine, the same chemical that is released when you smoke, when you drink etc. In other words, it makes you feel good! The same goes for listening to music. Music changes your mood and leads to increased happiness and joy when you listen to music you like.

2. Music improves performance

Scientists have found that runners who listen to music ran fast than those who listened to slow music or none at all. The point to boosting your running or workout performance is your choice of music. Choose something that inspires you to push yourself beyond limits you perceived and forward

3. Music decreases stress and improves general health

Music has a prominent effect on your hormones. Listening to your preferred genre of music your body resists the urge to stress. The American Medical Association has noted that Stress causes 60% of all illnesses and diseases. Therefore a lower stress level equals higher general health.

4. Music encourages sleep

Over 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia. A study showed that listening to classical or relaxing music within an hour of going to bed significantly improves sleep, this is in large part due to the fact that music calms our nerves and helps relieve stress. As we said before, music effects your hormones and so does sleep so throwing in a some classical tunes doesn't hurt.


5. Music relieves depression

Music is considered a natural source for anti depression. This is because certain genres of music cause the release of dopamine and serotonin in the brain that promotes increased happiness. Music also helps release norepinephrine, which is a hormone that boosts feelings of intense excitement and happiness.

6. Music helps you eat less

According to research, the combination of soft lighting and music causes people to eat less. Maybe have music as the next 21st century diet trend? Sounds easy enough! In addition to these 6 health benefits, there are many more! Such as music decreases pain thresholds, increased memory, improved recovery time and brain health to name a few. Music is a therapeutic resource for all of us to take advantage of.

3 Comment

  • My husband loves music, especially old school music that’s played on classic materials like vinyl. That’s really cool that you say that it can release norepinephrine that helps you feel more excited and happy. One of the things he likes to listen to is any jukebox that he can find. I’ll have to get him one for his birthday so that he can listen to more music. http://www.greatselectionsny.com/services

    Amanda Drew
  • Hey Tomas thank you for reading our post .
    In my opinion you should definitely encourage your children to get into music .
    I have also noticed recently that while working i have a certain " deep focus " playlist on spotify that really helps me to get into the flow and ignore distractions .

    Wicked Cushions
  • My wife and I love to listen to music. We are trying to determine if music is something we should encourage our children to get into and what the benefits would be. I didn’t realize listening to music decreases stress through effecting hormones in positive ways. I’ll be sure to let my wife know about this benefit.

    Tomas Killington

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