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Play It Again Sam: The Benefits of Music

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Who doesn’t feel cheerful when hearing one of their favorite songs? Your foot starts tapping, your fingers start snapping, and many times you find yourself singing along.

Many of us use different types of music to enhance different moods. For example, you might listen to some rock and roll to feel more upbeat and to feel calm, some listen to classical or light jazz. Some people base their listening choice on a particular span of time like the 60s, 70s or 80s. I know for myself; I enjoy listening to 80s music because of the memories it invokes. Whatever your preference, music just makes life better. Research has been done to show the benefits of music on the overall quality of life.

Benefits of Music Therapy

Johns Hopkins department of medicine has done studies on the connection between music and the brain. 

It’s been shown that music helps keep the brain active. Listening to or playing music is like a workout session for the brain. Here are some everyday benefits:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Can help regulate blood pressure
  • Boosts creativity
  • Reduces depression
  • Can help recall past events
  • Helps process emotions

Music therapy is even being used to treat people with autism and schizophrenia.

With all these benefits that music provides us, we can use it to make our daily lives better. Here are some ways to do exactly that:

  • Sing along with your favorite songs
  • Identify what kind of music makes you feel better and use it to your advantage.
  • Play an instrument or learn how to play one

In conclusion, now that the benefits of including music in our daily lives have been identified, it just makes sense to join in the fun. Maybe start the day with a cheerful tune to get things started on a positive note. Organize a sing-along with your friends, or just put your headphones on and enjoy listening to your favorite music. Whatever you do, tune in to the benefits that music holds for you and brighten up your life!