So I’ve been doing some research today, and I’m pleased to be able to present some information that might actually make your life better. I’m talking physically better. And it might be something that surprises you: listening to music.
Scientists agree with me—listening to upbeat music is good for your health. So turn it up! And live better! Don’t believe me? Check this out…
We all know music therapists are skilled at using music to treat patients. And boy, can I attest to that, for myself! Music keeps me going. If I’m listening to music with strong beats, my brainwaves resonate in sync with the beats of the music, helping me concentrate and be more alert. Same with classical music…it’s so relaxing. Mellow tunes, like Beethoven, are great for increasing a person’s sense of well-being and satisfaction…and can even help insomnia.
Do you have some aches and pains? According to researchers from the Cleveland Clinic, listening to music for an hour a day can reduce pain by 20 percent. Music causes endorphins, such as the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, to be released by music you enjoy. Stressed out? Unfortunately stress is one of the main reasons for illnesses. If you want to decrease your stress, listen to your favorite music twice a day for half-an-hour for two weeks. You’ll find your stress levels drop significantly, and maybe even reduce some feelings of depression. Thanks endorphins!
How does this song make you feel?
Shining Through by Mark Smeby
Music helps me concentrate when I’m writing or trying to get a job done. Scientists say that’s because the music stimulates my brain cells…you know, the ones that don’t want to work? It’s kind of like I’m tricking my brain into being interested in the challenging task in front of me. This is especially true when I’m exercising. It’s like the music takes away (or distracts me) from the boredom (and the pain!). I create workout playlists filled with my favorite upbeat songs. I couldn’t do a silent workout.
But maybe you just want to feel happier…that’s a great goal! Research at the University of Missouri discovered that an individual can indeed successfully try to be happier, especially when cheery music aids the process. Oh, and if just feeling better and being more productive isn’t enough, lead author of this study on happiness at the University of Missouri, Yuna Ferguson, said you might actually make more money! What!? Yuna said, “Research suggests that happiness relates to a higher probability of socially beneficial behavior, better physical health, higher income and greater relationship satisfaction.“
I just turned up the music.
I’m not a doctor, but I am a musician. And my new CD, Shining Through, is a collection of all upbeat songs designed to make you smile, dance around the room a little, and generally help you have better health. Shining Through is available digitally on iTunes or amazon.com, with physical copies available through marksmeby.com.