The Importance of Music


Hello Friends, it has been a very long time since I last spoke to you, I’ve missed you. I have been super busy with a new job and wedding plans…Yes folks, I’m getting married!!!!!!…and I’m enjoying every minute of it…it takes it toll sometimes and I get overwhelmed, but I always come back to being happy and super excited …

Something happened recently, that I must share…as we all know, being in a new job can be very stressful and overwhelming at times. There is the need to please and do everything perfect, getting along with new co-workers and getting familiar with the new environment.  At one point I found myself being unable to cope. It seemed like everything was going wrong and I couldn’t think straight. I was becoming increasingly annoyed at the simplest things and nothing seemed to make me happy…even though I was. I thought to myself, what is wrong? What is missing? I have everything I want at this point. I’m getting married to the love of my life, I have a great new job, I have hot body (I’ve been exercising J), my hair is on fleek, my family and fiancee are happy and healthy, my job was fine for the most part…what was the problem?          

So one day I was going through some of my old computer files and I came across my music folder, and I found Flawless by Beyoncé (yasss…Beyoncé!) and I started to sing it, I got into it, i did the hand jesters and all (I got down – in my chair that is J) and it moved to another song, and I sang that one, and it went on and on for about an hour…and to tell you the truth, at the end of that hour, I felt happy again, I felt energized and more motivated….I thought to myself, wow, why didn’t I try this earlier?!

For those who know me, I love music, music is an integral part of who I am, I never however realized that music could be so much more than entertainment.

According to researchers, music is much more than entertainment, it provides several benefits to listeners:

Music Reliefs Pain

Listening to music can reduce chronic pain from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, by up to 21% and depression by up to 25%. Music therapy is used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication during childbirth, to decrease postoperative pain and complement the use of anesthesia during surgery.

Music Boots Immunity

Music can boost the immune function. Scientists explain that a particular type of music can create a positive and profound emotional experience, which leads to secretion of immune-boosting hormones. This helps contribute to a reduction in the factors responsible for illness. Listening to music or singing can also decrease levels of stress-related hormone cortisol.

Music improves Memory and aids Learning

Learning potential can be increased a minimum of five times by using this 60 beats per minute music. Bulgarian psychologist, Dr. George Lozanov proved that students were able to learn and retain foreign languages quicker, they through his methods, could learn and retain 1,000 words or phrases in one day. He has proven that foreign languages can be learned with 85-100% efficiency in only thirty days by using classical music pieces from the baroque period.

Speeds Post-Stroke Recovery

A daily portion of one’s favorite pop melodies, classical music or jazz can speed recovery from debilitating strokes, according to researchers. Music listening after stroke not only promotes behavioral recovery, but also induces fine-grained neuroanatomical changes in the recovering brain

Active listening amps up happiness

A recent study contradicts the old adage that actively trying to feel happier is useless. In a research by Ferguson and Sheldon (2013), participants who listened to upbeat classical compositions by Aaron Copland, while actively trying to feel happier, felt their moods lift more than those who passively listened to the music. This suggests that engaging with music, rather than allowing it to wash over us, gives the experience extra emotional power.

I could go on and on about the numerous benefits that listening to music provides. If you need a pick-me-up or you want to regain your will and improve your mood and outlook all together, listen to some happy uplifting music. You will definitely thank me later.

 Hope You Enjoyed 🙂

References:

http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html

http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/10-magical-effects-music-mind.html

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of Music

  1. Wow! it has been awhile indeed! I am happy that ‘music’ helped to re-center your soul… I can relate to those researches, music does has it’s influence on our mental, physical and emotional well being! At various times when i listen to ‘my type of music’ it helps me to relax, de-stress, find new meaning to life, be motivated, feel empower, care-free etc… What can i say… “Music is life”! Continues doing your thing girl… I for one miss your blogs! 🙂

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