10 Ways Music Helps You Live

Posted at July 29th, 2016 | by Tithi Mukherjee | in

Music is food for the soul, and science has explored it a lot to prove it. Here are some ways that it can help you in regular life!

Music helps us reduce stress.

Music_1Professor Richard Wiseman is of the opinion that blood pressure readings revealed that listening to pop or jazz music had the same restorative effect as total silence and reduces cortisol levels in the brain that cause stress.

 

Music can reduce pain.

music_2Preferred music can significantly increase tolerance and perceived control over the painful stimulus and decrease anxiety compared with both visual distractions and silence conditions.

 

Music helps people with ADHD, focus.

music 3The noise that comes from music exerts a positive effect on cognitive performance for the ADHD group.

 

Music helps kick an addiction.

music4Performing music can be relaxing and can create a distraction from withdrawal symptoms.

 

Music training can improve motor & reasoning skills.

music5Also improves vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills, which involve understanding and analyzing visual information.

 

Moderate noise level is the sweet spot for creativity.

music_6Even more than low noise levels, ambient noise apparently gets our creative juices flowing, and doesn’t put us off the way high levels of noise do.

 

Classical music can improve visual attention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmzFDEu2RoA

Stroke patients in one small study showed improved visual attention while listening to classical music.

 

Music helps us exercise.

music_8Research on the effects of music during exercise has been done for years. In 1911, an American researcher, Leonard Ayres, found that cyclists pedaled faster while listening to music than they did in silence.

 

Music stimulates your body.

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Every time your breathing quickens, your heart-rate increases, or you feel a shiver down your spine, that’s your body responding physiologically to music. Qualified music therapists can use this to help stimulate a person in a coma.

 

Music helps bring back speech.

MUSIC_9Listening to or singing music with lyrics uses shared neural circuits as listening to and expressing speech. Music therapists use this ability to help people to re-learn how to talk.

Tithi Mukherjee

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