“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Music is by far one of the greatest gifts God has given us.  Giving music too little importance can be easily done.  But giving music too much importance can’t be done.

I was doing some research on music and how it affects people and so forth, and I just had to share some of these amazing finds.

Music helps reduce anxiety.

For those of us with anxiety, this is great to hear.  Not only is music enjoyable, but it also helps you to relax in stressful situations.  It’s been said that slow music relaxes you by slowing your heartbeat and your breathing.  So the next time you feel a wave of anxiety come over you, go put on some slow tunes.

People who listen to more than one genre of music tend to be more open minded.

Okay, so for those of you who are dead set on only one genre…sorry.  It makes perfect sense to me that listening to more than one kind of music helps you to be more open minded, since it helps you understand more than one artist’s point of view, which in turn helps you understand more than one person’s point of view in general.

Listening to music is one of the few activities that utilizes the entire brain.

Listening to music activates many regions of your brain, including auditory, motor and limbic (associated with emotions).  It improves your concentration and makes you smarter in areas such as reading skills, mathematical abilities, emotional intelligence and more.

So crank up the radio, it’ll improve your whole life!

Your heartbeat changes to mimic the music you listen to.

Music doesn’t just affect your head, it also affects your heart.  Apparently, “rich” music phrases that last for about 10 seconds cause the heart rate and other parts of the cardiovascular system to synchronize with the music.  This is what Luciano Bernardi has to say about it:  “Understanding the mechanisms of how crescendos and decrescendos affect our physiology, could lead to potential new therapies for stroke and other conditions.”  How great is that?  Music has the potential of helping you with your physical heart problems, not just with your emotional heart problems.

It helps you deal with pain.

I’m not talking about emotional pain (even though music does help with this type of pain too).  I’m talking about physical pain.  Hospitals have found that using music helps a great deal with reducing the need for medication during childbirth (…yay…), decreasing postoperative pain (pain following a surgery), and complementing the use of anesthesia during surgery.  I’ve actually experienced this last one at the dentist’s office.  Granted I still almost did die in the chair (I’m kidding), the music they had did calm me down to a certain degree and helped me get through the pain.  Also, music causes the body to release endorphins which help counteract the pain.

Listening to sad music provokes more nostalgia than sadness.

They say sad music creates more emotions than upbeat music, giving you a better effect on how you feel after listening to it.  Sad music can make you feel peacefulness, tenderness, nostalgia, transcendence, and wonder.  So turn up that tear-jerker, get out the tissues, and prepare to feel like a million bucks.

Your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associated it with an emotional event in your life.

So it’s not your preference in music that made this song your favorite, it’s actually linked to an event in your life that made you happy at the time, which in turn makes you happy now every time you hear it, resulting in it becoming your favorite.

So that’s it..well, not really.  I could write hundreds of pages on music, but these were some of the facts I thought would be interesting and hopefully helpful to you.  I know that some people have a LOT to say about the bad effects certain music can have, but the good effects on music far outweigh the bad ones so let’s try to be positive and look on the bright side.

Let me know which songs have been meaningful to you in the past year in the comment section below.  I’d love to hear about it!

And for the music addicts out there, congratulations, you’re probably the smartest people on earth!

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