That happy feeling you get from your favorite song is scientifically supported! Here are a few of the health benefits of music.
It’s no secret; music can alter your mood. You had a tough day at work, but your favorite song comes on the radio during your drive home. Just like that, your day turns around! Scientists have noticed this, too, and completed thorough research on the way music affects our bodies. Here are just a few surprising health benefits of music.
- It reduces pain. Researchers at Drexel University compared music therapy against other kinds of treatment in cancer patients who were experiencing pain. The music was actually more effective! Another study of geriatric and intensive care patients showed similar results.
- It makes your faster. If you’re gearing up for a race, create a playlist for your training regimen. A recent study compared runners who listened to motivational music against those who ran with calm music or no music at all. Those pumping motivational music ran faster!
- It supports your brain. There’s a lot of support behind this one. Taking music lessons as a kid has been shown to increase your verbal ability and nonverbal reasoning. Then, as we age, music can keep your brain healthy; older musicians scored higher on cognitive tests that non-musicians. In fact, doctors at the Irvine School of Medicine studying dementia patients said that music affects quite a few areas of your brain in positive ways.
- It really does make you happier. Feeling down? Crank up the tunes! Listening to a song you like makes your brain release dopamine, which triggers feelings of happiness.
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