I love music. I always have it on in the car, and I’m always listening to one station or another on Pandora as I work in the office or as I travel from destination to destination. Music has always played a big part in my life. Music is used for much more than just helping us feel good or entertainment purposes. There are proven benefits of listening to music.
Much like lighting and the tone of my business, I believe music helps find the vibe for whatever situation you’re going through. It’s like that quote, “where words fail, music speaks.” I couldn’t agree more.
This article on the National Alliance on Mental Illness website discusses the mental health benefits of music. Music has been known to regulate and boost moods. Music has been known to help people fight through trauma and depression in hospital settings.
It also never hurts to turn on some music when tackling your to-do list. Whether it’s cleaning around the house or making it through a workout. It also boosts productivity and focus when working on tasks.
Even separating through language barriers, the ocean and a few other differences, music brings us closer together. Even when we don’t know what other artists are singing in other countries. This happens a lot when American artists perform in other countries, but you see crowds singing every word. It unites us in ways that nothing else can. The cadence of the music and notes of the instruments convey something powerful that we can’t communicate in words.
One study in 2020 found that a benefit of music is that it lowers our heart rate and cortisol levels. Music releases endorphins and improves our overall sense of well-being. Music can also be used as a distraction to get our minds off of the worries we’re facing in our daily lives.
Even while music gets our minds off of our worries, it has a powerful effect on our memory. Another benefit of music is that it has the ability to trigger certain emotions and memories when listening to a song from a certain period of our lives.
Processing music and language come from the same part of the brain. Listening to music from your childhood will bring out a certain nostalgia that no other music can.
Music is a beautiful thing, whether it’s self-expression or a way to appreciate the world around us. There’s something for everyone out there in the musical world, even if it isn’t necessarily your ‘thing.’ You’ll never run out of anything to listen to.